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North East singer-songwriter Tom Dingwall AKA Lang Wild (an anagram of Tom’s surname), releases the video to Driving With Our Eyes Closed. The track is taken from his debut EP entitled ‘Head is a Ballroom’, which was released earlier in the year, and we’re delighted that bring it to you as a NARC Exclusive.

Inspired by an eclectic mix of artists such as Plan B, Eminem, The Beatles, David Bowie and Nirvana and inspire him continually to write strong melodies and songs that captivate the listener with a story. The EP was recorded at Broadwater Studios in Gateshead and was developed over five months with the help of producer, Paul Worthington.

Tom gives us more insight into the song and video…

“Mental health, will-power and overcoming your own negative inner thoughts are the central themes of Head Is A Ballroom, my debut 3 track EP. I’ve always used music as a form of escapism to help me through difficult periods, so I think it’s probably a natural progression on that basis.

The song itself is about how a good person can live a life of turmoil through not being able to overcome their inner demons. I suppose that’s where the divine aspect of the lyrics stem from. When no one is really capable of saving someone from what they’re going through, the idea of something greater than ourselves is needed more than ever. The lyrics challenge the idea of God in the hope that something will change. The chorus essentially says: ‘I don’t know when this will end or where it is leading to, but there is a light at the end of the darkness.’

The video was shot and edited by Jack Craggs of ATLASinc. In terms of location, we both knew of a really cool abandoned road in County Durham that we thought would act as a powerful visual representation. The visuals intentionally heighten the sense of isolation found in the lyrics. I knew that I wanted us to capture the beautiful landscape to reflect the music’s tender quality, so on that basis, I was chuffed with what we filmed. Being filmed by myself in different locations again draws on the sense of isolation a person feels when going through dark and lonely times.”

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