Pop-punk clan Our Untold Story release official video ‘Calm Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors’

The Swedish punk rock crew called Our Untold Story have released their latest official video, “Calm Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors.” Like the rest of the OUS catalog, the video has been proudly published on the Cuprite Productions independent record label without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Driving, upbeat, minimalist and thrumming with energy, “Calm Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors” is the most significant official video from Our Untold Story to date.

Our Untold Story’s Xander Turian has cited as main artistic influences such legends as Iggy & the Stooges, the Hives, Green Day, and Blink 182, all of which groups boast similarities with Stockholm’s Our Untold Story. Turian has also mentioned a deep love for bands like the Rolling Stones, Dire Straits, the Doors and the Beatles, however, and this classic rock vein tempers OUS’s minimalist, pop-punk sound into something that is palatable to a surprisingly broad audience across cultures and ages.

In fact, this seemingly natural knack for rocking across boundaries is a central theme of their new “Calm Seas…” video. It speaks to everyone, woman and man, young and old alike.

“The message I want to portray, is that no matter which path you end up choosing, choose the one that makes you happy, not the one you think is expected of you,” writes Turian. “’Calm Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors’ means that it is the rough times that truly make you who you are, and make you all the stronger for it.”

The video directed by Johannes S. Karpe portrays Xander Turian as an archetype of humanity growing up with rock ‘n’ roll music from toddler to family man. His youth is played by his real-life siblings, with a cameo of his actual father playing Turian at middle age with children of his own.

“As the song progresses,” says Turian, “we see the boy in his teenage years, clearly putting music to one side as he focuses on girls, only to find himself in a rut surrounded by trash and dusty instruments, trying to write a new song. After the realities of life have taken their toll and our protagonist reluctantly puts on a suit and tie, we see him in the future, settling down with his kids to watch the same band playing on the computer.”

The kids are all played by my younger siblings and the adult “future” me is played by my father.

“Calm Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors” is the accompanying B-side to last year’s “Go for Broke,” which was also released by Our Untold Story with an official music video. Both are expected to feature on the upcoming Our Untold Story album, “My Dreams, My Rules,” which is rumored to have a 2018 drop date.

The “Calm Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors” official video by Our Untold Story is available online worldwide for viewing now. Get in early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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Our Untold Story releases new official single ‘Go for Broke’

The European punk band known as Our Untold Story have released their newest official single, “Go for Broke.” The track has dropped concurrently with its B-side, “Calm Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors.” Both have been proudly published on the XJT Music / Cuprite Productions independent record labels without the direction or support of the corporate music industry. Vocals belted out, speakers booming, guitars roaring, and drums played way down deep in the groove, “Go for Broke” and “Calm Seas Don’t…” are the latest reasons music fans everywhere should be paying strict attention to this explosive, unstoppable crew from Sweden.

Based in Stockholm, the heart of Our Untold Story is composer, singer and guitarist Xander Turian. As the founding member Turian has kept his group relentlessly active since 2012. He cites as main artistic influences the Doors, Iggy Pop, the Rolling Stones, Green Day, Foo Fighters, and the Hives. No one example from above represents the sound of “Go for Broke” or “Calm Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors,” but the melange of all of them comes very close.

As a result, fans of verve-charged classic rock and the gritty, pulsing punk sound both will be enthusiastic to hear this new Our Untold Story release. Longtime fans of Xander Turian and Our Untold Story will find much in the singles for them, especially.

Speaking of the themes of these new tracks, Turian writes, “’Go for Broke’ is inspired by old poker-themed parties we used to have after our shows. We would invite fans, friends and crew to party backstage or back at my place and play poker. We partied all night long. During one of these parties, of course, there was a girl… There is always a girl.”

The title of the B-side, “Calm Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors,” will sound familiar to some.

Writes Turian, “’Calm Seas…’ is an African proverb. It means that experience and wisdom are gained through rough patches and pitfalls in life. This is a song to remind us that what does not kill us only makes us stronger, to keep on pushing the boundaries of our comfort zones, to continually grow and to appreciate what we have and what we have achieved in life thus far.”

Recording with Our Untold Story on these tracks are Philip Bengtsson (drums) Johan Weidenhaijn (bass) Jonas Egnell (bass) Leonel Andersson (lead guitar) and Kris Lempiäinen (lead guitar). “Go for Broke” and “Calm Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors” were recorded and produced by Dan Östlund and Fredrik Pettersson at Missing Man Recordings, Sweden, and Mastered by Eric Broyhill at Monster Audio Labs. Cover art for the release comes from Kamil CamKam Janowski for Kjanowski Photography.

“Go for Broke” and “Calm Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors” by Our Untold Story are available at over 700 digital music stores online worldwide beginning 3 June 2016. Get in early, rock fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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