Hiroe share moody video for new single Doom Moon

black and white portrait of the band Hiroe standing outside
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US post-rockers Hiroe have teased the third single from their upcoming debut album Wrought, out July 8 via Pelagic. The band describe Doom Moon as "a song that's reflective of the personal loss that a band member had experienced during the pandemic. 

"It's themed around thinking that you've moved on/healed and coming to the realisation that you haven't, and dealing with the painful elements of changing oneself (internal battle), and we think this comes across in the music video (shedding of skin/embracing the mess).  

"We also think this comes across in some of the dynamics of the song, like the emptiness at times (an absence of bass, things are not normal, we're so used to that being there), and the heaviness with all the instruments accenting in unison (moments of realised anger), and then finally release."

The Philadelphia-based five-piece's debut was recorded by Mario Quintero (Spotlights), mixed by Matt Bayles (Caspian, Mono, Russian Circles, Isis, Pelican) and mastered Will Yip (Caspian, Circa Survive). It comprises five powerful instrumental pieces that explore themes of resilience and self-discovery.

Main songwriter Eric Kusanagi explains, “We wanted to hold ourselves to a very high standard, so to sonically achieve our goals, we enlisted the help of Mario, Matt, and Will. Mario was essentially another member of the band in the studio [and] they all brought their ideas to the table to help us achieve something greater than just recording a band in a room.”

Watch the video for Doom Moon below.

Natasha Scharf
Deputy Editor, Prog

Contributing to Prog since the very first issue, writer and broadcaster Natasha Scharf was the magazine’s News Editor before she took up her current role of Deputy Editor, and has interviewed some of the best-known acts in the progressive music world from ELP, Yes and Marillion to Nightwish, Dream Theater and TesseracT. Starting young, she set up her first music fanzine in the late 80s and became a regular contributor to local newspapers and magazines over the next decade. The 00s would see her running the dark music magazine, Meltdown, as well as contributing to Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Terrorizer and Artrocker. Author of music subculture books The Art Of Gothic and Worldwide Gothic, she’s since written album sleeve notes for Cherry Red, and also co-wrote Tarja Turunen’s memoirs, Singing In My Blood. Beyond the written word, Natasha has spent several decades as a club DJ, spinning tunes at aftershow parties for Metallica, Motörhead and Nine Inch Nails. She’s currently the only member of the Prog team to have appeared on the magazine’s cover.