Michael Monroe releases spine-chilling video for “Derelict Palace”

Author Arto Mäenpää - 31.10.2022

On All Hallows’ Eve Michael Monroe releases the video for the majestically dark single, “Derelict Palace“, taken from the album, “I Live Too Fast To Die Young”, out now via Silver Lining Music. Guitarist Rich Jones tells about the track:

Derelict Palace” is about watching someone that you care about disappear into drug addiction’. I had been listening to a lot of post-punk when I wrote it – Echo & The Bunnymen, Psychedelic Furs, The Church – and I wanted to see if we could push the band in that kind of musical direction.”

The single is aptly accompanied with an eerie yet mesmerising video showing the band performing in a desolate, gothic, manor house, including scenes of Monroe flicking a switchblade knife gifted to him recently in Milan by none other than Alice Cooper himself. Watch the video for “Derelict Palace” below. Michael Monroe adds:

“The song was written about people who get a little too into drugs and before you know it, they kind of disappear from all of the people and things that they used to love. Of course that’s sad but that said, there’s something cool about being an outcast and not fitting in… This is one of my favorite songs off the I Live Too Fast To Die Young album and it adds a nice new dimension to my band’s sound and style. Plus, we found the perfect place to film the video for it!”

At a time when it seems increasingly hard to remain positive, “I Live Too Fast To Die Young” encompasses eleven lean, mean, raw slices of rock ‘n’ roll joy. Even when the key goes minor, Monroe’s music always seems to retain at the very least a hopeful edge, something he ascribes to a specific Finnish quality.

Finnish people are experts in melancholia,” Monroe affirms, “and a lot of that melancholia – certain chords and sounds, even though they’re minor keys – is not necessarily sad. It’s just kind of a melancholic feeling that feels good in the end.

Michael Monroe and gang will be joining Black Star Riders on their 2023 UK tour along with Motörhead’s Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons. The tour will kick-off on February 13th at Nottingham’s Rock City and conclude at London’s 02 Shepherds Bush Empire on February 26th. For tickets and more information please visit: www.michaelmonroe.com

2023 UK Tour Dates (with Black Star Riders and Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons):

13 Feb – Nottingham, Rock City

15 Feb – Norwich, UEA

16 Feb – Ipswich, Corn Exchange

17 Feb – Manchester, O2 Ritz

18 Feb – Wolverhampton, KK’s Steel Mill

19 Feb – Leeds, O2 Academy

21 Feb – Cardiff, Tramshed

22 Feb – Bristol, O2 Academy

23 Feb – Glasgow, SWG3

24 Feb – Newcastle, O2 City Hall

26 Feb – London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire