Back in March, Ice Nine Kills asked fans to decide which literary classic they would like the final chapter of their Every Trick in the Book era to be. The novels selected, according to vocalist Spencer Charnas, were the top two stories fans had repeatedly asked songs to be written about. The choices in the poll were Stephen King’s “The Shining” and Robert Bloch’s “Psycho.” As it turns out, the story about the Overlook Hotel’s winter caretaker and his downward spiral into madness as he, and his family, inhabit the notorious hotel came out victorious.
On Friday (May 26), the Massachusetts-founded band released the lyric video for their new song, “Enjoy Your Slay.” The over-four-minute clip features prominent images from the 1980 film as the backdrop for the “Shining” inspired lyrics. Watch the lyric video for “Enjoy Your Slay” above.
As if the images that are taken directly from the film and the song’s title weren’t enough of a nod to the classic, the new tune has another connection to the film. The special guest vocalist on the track is none other than [The Shining director] Stanley Kubrick’s grandson, Sam Kubrick. According to a press release from the band, Ice Nine Kills met Kubrick when they were touring alongside his band, the Shield. Being fans of Kubrick’s vocals, as well as his connection to the film, the band asked him to perform on the song.
“On our tour of the U.K. last fall, we became great friends with his [Kubrick’s] band Shields, whose technical prowess and dynamic songwriting blew us away. Being a big fan of their band and Sam’s vocals, we knew his inclusion on the song would provide a strong connection to the story’s legacy,” explains Charnas. “His performance undeniably adds a layer and depth to the composition that is truly chill inducing.”
But having images, a title, and a personal connection to the film wasn’t enough for the Boston four-piece. The band’s decision to release the new song towards the end of May just so happened to coincide with the 37th anniversary of the film’s release; The Shining was originally released in the United States on May 23, 1980. In addition to the film’s anniversary, King’s novel recently celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this year. “Enjoy Your Slay” is currently available on iTunes and Spotify.