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AZ’s The Venomous Pinks new video ‘Hold On’ featuring Jason Cruz of Strung Out

AZ’s The Venomous Pinks new video ‘Hold On’ featuring Jason Cruz of Strung Out
Salad Days

The Venomous Pinks’ newest release, ‘Hold On’, hits deep by targeting childhood traumas, broken families, and suicidal ideations.

This marks their fifth release off of the trio’s full-length album, ‘Vita Mors’ on SBAM Records. Set both in the past and intertwined into the present, video themes were driven from personal experiences. The storyline follows vocalist and guitarist Drea Doll, unlocking a core childhood memory of an argument between parents (the father is played by Jason Cruz of Strung Out). Reliving her younger self experiencing domestic trauma and contemplating suicide, she pleads to “stop” and “hold on.” Ultimately, the song’s positive message saves her younger self from harm. Doll reflects full circle between her songwriting process and filming experience on set. ‘Hold On’ was always a personal reminder that no matter what you go through, things can get better. The message of the video hits close to home for us. I experienced a similar situation growing up so going through the filming process was very therapeutic and healing for me. To everyone who struggles with suicidal thoughts or has a broken home, you are strong and brave and things will get better.” “This video really cuts deep. Growing up and witnessing my parents go through a similar experience, and seeing my mom crying you can only do so much as a child. I hope this video can relate to others who come from broken homes. Just know that you are not broken. Always give a hug because you never know what someone is going through behind closed doors,” bassist Gaby Kaos adds. “The video was filmed on March 19, 2023 before The Venomous Pinks’ tour with The Bouncing Souls and Anti Flag. During filming, I wore an Anti Flag shirt that was printed by my best friend and bandmates’ printing company, Kaos Merch. The decision to wear this particular shirt was to give a shout out to her business, while also promoting a band whose morals I believed at the time aligned with my own. As a woman, I stand and believe the survivors that were impacted by Justin Sane’s horrific acts. While we were on tour with Anti Flag we did not witness any sexual wrongdoing whatsoever, but as a fellow SA survivor, I will not support anyone who has victimized another person. We didn’t know what we know now. We could have requested to edit the video so the shirt is no longer visible. However, we felt it would be dishonest and disloyal to those who were impacted. That does not align to who we are as individuals and collectively as a band. The foundation of The Venomous Pinks has and will always be built on honesty, transparency, and validity. In that spirit, we present the video as it was originally filmed. We apologize if any of our actions have hurt anyone in the process. Our hearts go out to all survivors. As a band we are so proud of those who have come forward to speak their truth.” – Drea Doll

Upcoming shows:

October 21 Tempe, AZ Yucca Tap Room

Photo: Jack Grisham

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