The music video for the latest single 'Solastalgia' by Gatto Black — the post-hardcore project by Buffalo musician Sal Mastrocola — follows a protagonist on a bike ride home through an idyllic suburban neighborhood. But when he arrives at the front door, things begin to go awry.
Solastalgia: the homesickness you have when you are still at home — the human response of grief and distress that comes with living through a steadily worsening series of environmental crises.
According to Mastrocola, the track is inspired by stories "from neighbors who have fled the California wildfires. Friends who have been priced out of the New York City neighborhoods their families have called home for generations. Fear for the uncertain future my own children will inherit."
"Turning the anxiety and uncertainty into art," he said, "helps me keep a brave face on and take action in spite of it all." (See the video below)
Gatto Black will be performing at Amy's Place in Buffalo Friday (Jan. 12) with Juggernaut, Torture Agenda, Coalition and Final Declaration. Doors open at 7 p.m. The video was directed by Michael Hansen (Pentimento and Hotel Etiquette) and filmed by Brett Ballachino. It was edited and produced by Mastrocola, and produced by Erin Bagwell. Artwork by Joey’s World. Song recorded, mixed, and mastered by John Angelo in Buffalo, NY.