Signals Midwest searches for perspective and empathy on “Sanctuary City”

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Just a few days after announcing their next album Pin, Signals Midwest have released their second single, “Sanctuary City,” along with a video showcasing tour footage. The tune features lead singer Maxwell Stern’s trademark rock vocals supported by the band’s heavy blend of punk guitars, bass, and drums.

Formed by Stern, Signals Midwest have been releasing music since 2009. According to them, the new record’s central topic is change — “the kind of change that makes you question your place in the world: the feeling you get walking down the same blocks you’ve known your whole life and not recognizing anything; the existential dread of an uncertain future, the daily fear, and anxiety that comes with trying to live in this country, in this time.”

“Sanctuary City” sees the band become empathetic to the world. Stern expresses these thoughts through the chorus, saying “for a second we forget that there’s so many other things to be, searching for a sanctuary city.” Often times, we forget that there are others not in our position who would love to be, no matter big or small. Signals have captured this feeling and injected it into “Sanctuary City.” Shot in one day, the music video chronicles the band rehearsing, eating, and traveling through a cold winter day, ending in a show at night.

Check out “Sanctuary City” below, and see the band at Everybody Hits on September 15th. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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