Since disbanding River City Extension following the release of 2015’s Deliverance, frontman Joe Michelini has been focused on his solo endeavors. That included getting himself engaged and launching his new solo project, American Trappist. Both those things come together on Michelini’s latest single, a burning ember of a track called “All Night Diner”.
“The song is about my fiancé and the weeks leading up to our engagement,” Michelini tells Consequence of Sound about the single. “It’s a vulnerable song- an honest look at our wounded, imperfect, tough-as-nails, immeasurable desire for one another. The shape is unpredictable at times and that’s scary. But there are others like us, scared and looking for the same sort of shelter. Stripping away our pride, accepting things we don’t fully understand, putting faith in the future anyway- that’s what it’s all about, huh? We don’t even know if we’re alone out here.”
Largely recorded in Michelini’s bedroom at his parents’ place in Toms River, New Jersey, “All Night Diner” smolders steadily along ping-ponging keys and the heavy shuffle of drums. Near the end, low horns inspired by The War on Drugs start billowing, a warm revelation in the song’s quiet uncertainty. It’s a safe harbor for Michelini to deliver his final promise: “Keep your head up kid, I’m coming home/ Keep your head up kid, you’re not alone.”
The single comes to us via a video directed by Brian L. Tice Jr. It’s a found-footage collage of astronauts preparing for space flight, something Michelini sees as a fitting reflection of the song’s story. “I think Brian did a really nice job of telling that story with the footage he chose,” he says. “I’m grateful to have had the chance to work with him again.” Watch the video above.
“All Night Diner” is off of Hannah Future Tense, an EP due out August 5th via Death Salon Records. The EP is the third and final part of a series that has been previewing American Trappist’s upcoming self-titled full-length, due out September 2nd. You can see American Trappist performing all the material live at a show at Philadelphia’s Johnny Brenda’s on August 27th; tickets are available here.