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IAMWE Releases ‘Bella’ Video

Photo by Derek A. Welte for HalfmanHalfmachine

Last week, Phoenix-based band IAMWE released a video titled “Bella” on YouTube. The under-three-minute recording is among the few samples of music the band has shared with the public. In January, they released their first single “So They Say” on Bandcamp and throughout the year, they’ve played at some local shows. Still, the up-and-coming band has over 2,400 fans on Facebook and likely more than that number suggests.

The Spec reached out to the band, wanting some insight on the “Bella” release. Tim Maiden was kind enough to answer questions regarding the video and how it ties into IAMWE’s much-anticipated debut album. Watch “Bella” and read Maiden’s letter to fans below…

Hello friends,

Thanks for being patient with us, we’re glad you’re still interested in us☺. We’ve probably pissed a lot of people off by our delay, but we promise it’s going to be worth it, or at least we hope so. We’ve learned a lot this past year about the creation of things, the death of things and how to accept both worlds. It’s easy to over think your art to the point of exhaustion and forget how to let go. Some of the delay has been accidental, some of it intentional and the rest of it just a struggle to find peace. Any way, thanks for hanging with us, it means a lot ☺.

As you may know, last Friday our dear friend Isabella Vise passed away and ended what was an extraordinary life, to say the least. We met Bella on April 23 of 2011 and since then have been fascinated with her life. We felt we had met this myth-like person and instantly we were all inspired to begin writing our debut record. Since then, the writing has morphed/transformed from its original design but still at its core continues to be truly inspired by our dear friend Bella. We debuted the album with our first single “So They Say,” which is definitely more literal in context, then decided to explore other avenues in the creation process. I felt after the first batch of songs I was trying too hard and almost over thinking their design.

So I decided to start over and give more room for the beautiful thing called inspiration. I was afraid to abandon the literal/poetic arrangement because they all started that way, but realized I was losing touch of the emotional makeup of the songs. This record won’t be a narrative of Bella’s life or one story after another but will have a youthful perspective on life, a free spirit about it, one that’s not afraid to imagine the Universe is theirs to “Run Wild” to be free (you may see more of this title). A child’s innocence is beautiful, their imagination lets them go wherever they want. Bella helped us find this freedom again.

So, to finally answer your question, in all honesty, the video we posted has nothing to do with our record and at the same time has everything to do with it. It was just a tribute video/song that we will probably never play and that people will never hear again. It was just for someone who has inspired and helped us believe in the art we are making.

Thanks again,

Tim

One Comment

  1. WOW..I HAVE TU TELL YOU,SOOO EXITED TO SEE WHATS TO COME AND I LOVE THIS VIDEO ,THE TRIBUTE IS SOO BEAUTIFUL AND WOULD LOVE TO HEAR IT AGAIN AND AGAIN..IT IS A SONG THAT SPEAKS TO US ALL..LOVE YOU GUYS!

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