Enigmatic trio Palaye Royale share their adrenaline-fueled new track “Paranoid,” along with its accompanying knock-out music video, out today via Sumerian Records. Premiered exclusively with Daniel Carter at the UK’s BBC Radio 1 yesterday, “Paranoid” was co-written by the band and GRAMMY-nominated Chris Greatti (Machine Gun Kelly, YUNGBLUD), who also produced the track.
Confessional and raw, “Paranoid” presents a spellbinding examination of insecurity and self-doubt, unfolding in gorgeously spectral textures before reaching a furious urgency at the bridge. The band comment on the track, “Paranoid is about all the little insecurities in your head holding you back from living your life. It’s about the doubt and that voice in your head telling you that you cannot do something. It’s about the journey to silence that voice and your fears and to rise above it”.
The video, directed by frequent Palaye Royale creative collaborators Harrison Sanborn and Michael Bolton, finds the band in a robust downtown Los Angeles subway scene going about their day-to-day lives, but seemingly losing sense of themselves. The images subliminally portray the themes of depression and anxiety reflected lyrically in the song.
The release of “Paranoid” comes on the heels of the band’s sold-out, headline concert for a rabid packed house at LA’s Wiltern Theatre on October 1st. A significant milestone, it was one of their first live shows in over a year and a welcome opportunity to showcase the bold new material written during lockdown, with more new music to come. The Wiltern also serves as a landmark where the band once stood following other artist’s shows handing out flyers to spread the word about their own music. Making more noise around town, they also performed as part of bi-annual Cars & Fashion Gala kicking off LA Fashion Week (LAFW) on October 7th on the rooftop of the Petersen Automotive Museum, one of the world’s premier car museums and historical landmarks in Los Angeles.