Low Roar Explain How the Death Stranding Reveal Trailer Saved the Band
In an interview with VG247, Low Roar explains that they didn't know that the track, "I'll Keep Waiting" would be used for Death Stranding.
Death Stranding by Kojima Productions featured a large number of cameos, music, and even copious amounts of metallic cans of Monster Energy. However, in an interview with VG247, Death Stranding helped save a band who was “in the gutter.”
The lead singer, Ryan Karazija was the frontman of an Icelandic indie-rock band named Audrye Sessions. The band consisted of Karazija, Alicia Marie Campbell, Michael Knox, and James Leste.
Karazija moved to Iceland, starting a new band called Low Roar which he produced the self-titled album on his own, working on a laptop in his kitchen. According to the VG247 interview, Sony reached out asking to use the song, “I’ll Keep Coming” but wouldn’t disclose what it was for.
“Sony contacted us in an obscure email offering us a certain amount of money to use the song ‘I’ll Keep Coming’, and they were not willing to tell us what they’re going to use the song for,”
Karazija said, “At that time we were in a gutter so we accepted it. And it turned out it was for Death Stranding.” The track itself was used for the very first trailer which was shown at E3 2016 and showed a naked Norman Reedus crying as he hugs a baby.
Apparently, since that trailer Low Roar started to grow in popularity. In fact, the band hasn’t had a chance to play Death Stranding yet as they’ve been busy on tour. Karazija also told VG247 that he has had dinner twice with Hideo Kojima, and that “He’s a lovely man.”
Back in 2016, Kojima discussed with Gixel about when he first stumbled across Low Roar, although the article seems to have vanished, but is covered by Rolling Stone. Kojima explains, “In Death Stranding, ‘strand’ stands for strings and connections, and I felt a mysterious connection to that song that I found in that CD shop in Reykjavík two years ago,”
Kojima also described the songs from Low Roar, “Ryan’s songs are sensual and the sounds he creates are unique,” He adds “His goal isn’t to make money; he is about the art and shows a very original taste even in things like his album covers.”
During the years we knew nothing about Death Stranding, the online communities were grabbing at anything for possible connections to the game. Low Roar was a part of the craze. “It’s funny, people are creating these – and I’m not going to see whether they’re true or not – but creating these theories about some of our songs and how they connect with the game,” Karazija told Gizel, “Like playing our songs backwards, or both of them together, and hearing stuff go back and forth. Or certain things on the second album cover that they think ties in with Norman Reedus and how it kind of looks similar to the game. They found things in my hair, little symbols.”
Death Stranding is available for PS4 and will be launching on PC this year.