Oakland trio Clipd Beaks’ expansive second full-length To Realize (1/26, Lovepump) blows by 2007’s Hoarse Lords, an album that made them a Band To Watch. We spoke with vocalist Nick Berbeln about “Blood.”
Valleys and blood evoke the apocalypse. There are a number of elements here that point in that direction, but what’s the narrative exactly?
“Blood” encapsulates the message of the album — that through working hard and believing in yourself, you can better yourself. Basic stuff, but pretty profound when it’s happened to you and you can apply it to your own life. I wrote the words about our band’s own personal story: How we’ve been through a lot with our band-lives (losing members, moving cross country, being broke from touring, etc.), how we could’ve given up at times but have continued to strive on because we believe in our music … I hope anyone listening can draw the same sort of connection from the song, maybe conjure some personal conviction within the listener about circumstances in their own life. If it works on you, the song should make you feel strong.
It feels like purification … bleeding out a sickness.
Not so much bleeding out a sickness, but just plain bleeding. Letting out what is in you and of you, the pain of it, the release of it, and that through that process, there can be a realization. The whole “becoming awesome” line in the song, is talking about awesome in terms of great power … that through conviction and believing and struggle, you become stronger inside and out.