Updated: May 15, 2021
Release Date: May 7, 2021 Genre: Hard Rock, Metal Label: Pinecone Records On the day before heading out on a national tour, the hard-working rockers in Underwing, like the rest of the world, were faced with government-issued lockdowns, a larger focus on hand hygiene, and a cancelled House on Fire Tour. The tour was going to be the final tour with former lead guitarist Thomas Myhren, who parted ways with the band a few months prior. The pandemic put a stop to that, leaving the remaining members of Underwing jaded about the future of the band and an unreleased song that was jammed in the pipeline of releases that the band had planned for the year.
"House on Fire is a metaphor for our world crumbling to pieces, both on an external and an internal level," states guitarist Magnus Christiansen. "The song was written a year before the pandemic and was originally intended to tackle subjects like racism and global climate issues. However, when the pandemic hit, we 'rebranded' the song and its accompanying video so that it would represent those same issues, but under the overarching glue of terms like injustice, oppression, and so forth. The music video is more like a short horror film than a music video, and I can tell you this much: There will be no happy ending. Or will it?"
Underwing is an alternative rock/metal band from Norway, most known for their experimental rhythms, catchy hooks, and the haiku-inspired vocals of frontman Enyeto Kotori.
The band released their debut EP, Kaela Upsweep, in May 2017, which was followed up by extensive touring in their home country. With touring being the best way to spread the word, the band has since released four singles and their sophomore EP, Spirals, in 2019 while writing their debut album, The Initiation. That is currently still in the writing process.
The band has released a live album during the pandemic, Lockdown Sessions, featuring pro-shot video and mixed audio by the band’s own drummer Joachim Walle Michalsen.