Break-ups are tough. Sometimes when dealing with a recent loss, all you need is a raw, punchy song that can help you go through the motions. “The Day You Left” by Buffalo pop-punk newcomers, The Concord Kids, is that song.
The band’s newest single follows vocalist Greg Tunis as he copes with the damage of his past relationship, the promises that were broken, and the lingering feelings left behind. The video, directed by No Apology Productions captures Greg’s emotions perfectly with camera tricks that seemingly rewind to the past to the tune of the song’s counteracting lyrics (“I’ve been standing on my own since the day you left/ And I’ll never look back/ No, I’ll never look back”).
Last week, we had a chance to catch up with lead vocalist Greg Tunis to talk about “The Day You Left” ahead of our official premiere of the band’s music video. You can read our interview with Greg below.
Hey! It’s Lia of LIKEYOUSAID. After watching your video for “The Day You Left” I immediately felt like the Concord Kids could be the next Four Year Strong or Wonder Years. Your songs are so anthemic and assertive in this really familiar way. Which bands are you guys most influenced by?
Greg: There are so many to list. The Wonder Years for sure. Then of course, Blink-182, Nirvana, Sum 41, P.O.D., and Linkin Park. We are really all over the place with music as a whole.
What is the best music video of all time?
Greg: That’s a tough question. We all have so many different favorites. I’d say my favorite is “Josie” by Blink-182 because it was one of the first videos I’ve seen and I fell in love with punk rock that day.
How did the Concord Kids first get together?
Greg: Me, Brian, and Jimmi played in a band together called The Bella Donna for years. After that ended we decided to start a new project a few years later. Brian knew Jordan from work, and Jimmi knew Brett from grade school. Brett and Jordan instantly became part of the family.
And what’s the story behind your new single, “The Day You Left”?
Greg: Well we wanted to write a song about something people can relate to, and almost everyone has been in a bad relationship. The storyline for the video follows the song really well. Ian from No Apology Productions did an amazing job on this video!
Were the movie posters that appear in “The Day You Left” always on the walls or did you pick out favorites to use in the background of this music video?
Greg: They were already on the walls, we thought about taking them down but Rocky is an awesome movie series so we couldn’t bring ourselves to do it.
Well, let’s get into it. Here is the official video premiere for “The Day You Left” off of the Concord Kids’ soon to be released EP Growing Pains.
You can keep up with the Concord Kids on Facebook and look out for the release of their next single, “June 2nd”.
Interview by Lia Gurin.