Byzantine’s “New Ways to Bear Witness” video was new way to give frontman a concussion

Posted by on May 23, 2017

Have you heard the new Byzantine track, “New Ways to Bear Wtiness,”  yet? Hopefully you have, because it rips! They’ve made a video for it, and it’s probably a painful memory for singer/guitarist Chris “OJ” Ojeda, mainly because the shoot left him with a concussion! Drummer Matt Wolfe, who was in the band until recently appeared in the video, and part of his job in the clip was to hit OJ with a vehicle. He explains: 

“So, we came up with an idea of having our old drummer do a cameo appearance in the music video. Matt Wolfe left the band right before we signed with Metal Blade and had occupied the drum seat for the last 12 years. We felt it was a perfect opportunity to let fans know that we still love Matt and he’s still welcome and important to our band. What’s the best way to have an ousted band member make a cameo? To hit me with a vehicle, of course!

We set up the scene and did about 5 or 6 takes of Wolfe hitting me with the vehicle and me rolling off the vehicle. I didn’t know until we wrapped shooting the next day that something was wrong and had a very hard time driving home. I contacted an ER doctor friend of mine who told me I needed to come see him ASAP. After a CT Scan and an EKG, he let me know I had a standard sports type concussion from repeatedly hitting my head during the video shoot. I got 3 days off work and a cool story out of it! Rock!”

Well, that’ll leave a mark, but you’ve gotta suffer for rock and roll. Check out the video below and preorder The Cicada Tree, which will be out on July 28th on Metal Blade, here.


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