Fall Into Me by Social Union

Darkenin Heart

Fall Into Me is a powerful track with an interesting backstory that illustrates the superb blending of post punk and darkwave that New Zealand duo Social Union has to offer.

The band's debut single is a haunting tune with industrial and synthpop influences to its post punk basis, with the brooding vocals and creative production working really well together.

"Social Union’s debut single, ‘Fall into Me’ was composed by myself as a gift for Luke," says the duo's own Vanilla Martin (Ngāti Uenuku). "Although I had never known Luke prior to his sobriety, when Luke shared his path to sobriety with me and really put all his cards out on the table - it was such an act of vulnerability and courage for him in my eyes. I wanted to acknowledge the work that he had done and the sense of responsibility that Luke had to do what he needed to do every day to keep himself sober, whilst also acknowledging that we were both powerless over the disease of alcoholism. I want to write a song that would reassure Luke in knowing that if he were to relapse that I wouldn’t run. We are both human, and are two thoroughly imperfect people doing our best to grow ourselves beside each other, whilst supporting each other as best we can along the way. I wanted to lyricise that. I wanted to record that reminder."

Luke Penrose, the other half of Social Union has to add. "As for the recording process I actually built the song of the main guitar motif. I had this idea in mind that I wanted to create a sound with the image of driving a car at night, alone in a city that was foreign to you. Once the music was finished I then recorded Vanilla's vocals in our living while our country was in lockdown due to covid. This added some much needed creative levity in uncertain times."

Social Union are from Ōtautahi, Aotearoa, and their new EP will be out on Blackjack Illuminist Records.

Social Union

Blackjack Illuminist Records

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