Related Material #1
Pierce the Veil - Caraphernelia
My first chosen related material for Distinctively Visual is a song and Video clip by Pierce the Veil called ‘Caraphernelia’. In the song, the composer uses techniques such as juxtaposition, metaphors and other images to convey distinctively visual, through the lyrics and video clip. Caraphernelia described in the urban dictionary is ‘a broken-heart disease, whenever someone leaves you but leaves all their things behind.’ This is very much what the song is described as, according to Vic Fuentes (the singer & song writer for Pierce the Veil) the song is about “being obsessed with someone to the point where you’re hurting yourself.” A present line in the song that reflects the meaning is “You know I can’t afford the medicine that feeds what I need, baby what if I can’t forget you?” a metaphor for him wanting to give her what she needs but he can’t, so he has to forget about her. Vic had been in a relationship with a girl named Cara and when she left he started finding her ‘paraphernalia’ around the house. The song name ‘Caraphernelia being a merge of her name and the things he’d found. “Don’t mind me I’m just reaching for your necklace, talking to my mum about this little girl from Texas” this lyric giving you both a Distinctively visual image of the scene at hand, letting you visualise him having a conversation with his mum as he walks around the house picking up her stuff and also evidence of the song’s merging title.
At the start of the video you notice the band in a room with fire burning on the walls, and then you hear the first line of the song “Sunshine, there ain’t a thing that you can do that’s gunna ruin my night” giving you a juxtaposition as he talks of nothing ruining his night, but fire representing destruction, ruin, rage, spite and anger. During the song as Jeremy McKinnon (from A Day to Remember, screamer for this particular song) screams “what if I can’t forget...