Brian 'Head' Welch's Love and Death have today released the official music video for "Let Me Love You", their fan-favorite cover of DJ Snake and Justin Bieber's smash hit, featuring power house vocalist, Lacey Sturm (formerly of Flyleaf). Stream the track here and watch the new music video here.
Speaking on the band's latest release, Brian 'Head' Welch shares:
"LMLY has been one of my favorite tracks to cover. It's so enjoyable to me making a pop song super heavy! Having three vocalists perform on the track was unique as well and I love the way mine, Lacey and JR’s voices blend together. When I asked Lacey to do the song with us I had no idea what the lyrics would mean to her at that particular time. After discovering what she was going through, my main hope with the song was that Lacey would find healing, and that healing might extend to anyone struggling in life who heard the track. The “never give up” message that directors Sebastien Paquet and Alison Roberto worked hard to convey in the music video profoundly mirrored some of the conversations Lacey and I were having behind the scenes, without either director having prior knowledge of the conversations, so we were very blown away by that and we’re so proud of what we achieved here with this song and video. Art is so much more powerful than we think."
Guest vocalist, Lacey Sturm adds
"Working with Love and Death on Let Me Love You was sort of a supernatural experience. I was mourning the loss of a loved one when I recorded the song. Mourning is a multifaceted process and sort of comes in waves. They asked me to do the song at a very dark moment in that process. When I went to sing in the studio the lyrics were everything I wanted to sing and scream in response to this death; which felt like such a theft. Sometimes death is beautiful and sometimes it is a thief. I know people who have died from overdose, alcoholism, suicide–yes–but I also know so many people who have overcome these things and are making that story their own ripple effect of hope and life. Brian and I both have lived stories like that; over coming suicide and addiction. For Bieber to sing Let Me Love You is inspiring in one way maybe, but for Brian to scream it and to get to scream it along side him over so many people who are struggling–it’s like I got to believe for people to overcome right in the face of the hopelessness I was tempted to embrace. The same thing happened when I did the video. I needed it. Right at that moment. It was like the author of life loved me while death was trying to suffocate me. I got to let God love me through this sacred echo of a song. I’m so thankful."
The track is taken from the band's latest album, 'Perfectly Preserved' which was released earlier this year to much acclaim from both fans and critics alike, with Loudwire naming it one of their 'Best Rock Albums of 2021 So Far'. The album has spawned 3 previous singles - the lead single, "Down" debuted at #32 at active rock radio, making it one of the most added tracks at the format the week it was released, followed by "White Flag" and "The Hunter" featuring Keith Wallen of Breaking Benjamin. To date, the album has clocked up 6 million cross-platform streams to date. 'Perfectly Preserved' can be streamed here and physical copies, including limited edition vinyl, are available now from brianheadwelchstore.com and at retailers nationwide.
About Love and Death
Love and Death began with the similar raw, authentic emotional honesty that drove singer/guitarist Brian “Head” Welch to multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning heights as a cofounder of genre trailblazers Korn. Forged as an outlet for recovery and redemption in a season of change, the formation of Love and Death resulted in the dynamic 2013 debut Between Here & Lost. The album spoke plainly to the hearts of similarly disenfranchised fans all across the world.
Love and Death now return with Perfectly Preserved, a crushing yet accessible full-length follow-up, driven by the spiritual resilience inherent in the first record, combined with an even starker depiction of real-life struggle. Anger, broken relationships, lowered self-worth, and the collision of optimistic values with oppressive systems are all on display, from the arresting refrains of “Tragedy,” “Death of Us,” and “Affliction,” to the bold, conqueror driven anthem of “White Flag.” Simply put, it is heavy music to vigorously confront depression, heartbreak, and pain.
Perfectly Preserved marks the introduction of guitarist, bassist and co-songwriter Jasen Rauch as a full-fledged member of the band, as well as second time producer for Love and Death (co-production from Joe Rickard). Jasen, best known as an integral part of chart-topping rockers Breaking Benjamin, produced Love and Death’s first album in 2013. Completing this definitive lineup as they charge into this new chapter are the band’s original guitarist, JR Bareis, who now shares vocals with Welch, and powerhouse drummer Isaiah Perez.
Much like A Perfect Circle or Stone Sour, Love and Death isn’t a “side project” or replacement for the guys’ respective bands. It’s an extension and companion, offering each of them a unique outlet to explore different aspects of their creative passions.
It’s also an opportunity for further collaboration with their friends from other bands. “The Hunter” features Jasen’s Breaking Benjamin bandmate (and solo artist) Keith Wallen, who was also a major co-writer on the project, and longtime comrade and former Flyleaf singer, Lacey Sturm lends her vocals to a metallic rendition of a surprising pop cover.
As their fans have learned to expect, Love and Death are fearless in their open examination of contradictions and failure, making confessional music with an underlying anchor of purpose and hope that has clocked up 29 million streams to date. Like the band’s very moniker suggests, both ‘Love’ and ‘Death’ are very present in all that they do.