Watch: Acceptance goes black and white for ‘Fire and Rain’ video

A month after releasing their highly anticipated sophomore record, Acceptance has returned to give fans a brand new music video. On Monday (March 13), the Seattle-founded band headed over to UPROXX to unleash the music video for their latest single off of Colliding By Design. The music video, which is for the track “Fire and Rain,” follows the band’s theme of beautifully put together clips.

For a song titled “Fire and Rain,” it’s a little surprising that the band decided to go with a black and white theme, even though it does seem to work. The four-minute clip gives the impression of being a black and white photograph come to life with the white coming from the lights illuminating the band. Light exposure is used to draw lines, figures, and even a little cartoon face. Watch the video for “Fire and Rain” above.

“With the video for ‘Fire and Rain,’ it was vital, as it will always be, for us to push ourselves to best represent the songs from Colliding by Design in a visually unique way that captures the feelings we attempted to convey with the song,” explains Acceptance guitarist Christian McAlhaney about the Matthew Ryan Ford-directed/produced/edited clip.

“We are so thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Matthew Ryan Ford and produce this video, and we really think this visual representation adds a different dimension to our song. Thank you for watching!”

Colliding by Design was released last month through Rise Records. The record’s release comes more than a decade after the band’s much-loved debut record, Phantoms, was released. In support of the new album, Acceptance performed a handful of shows around the album’s release date. Later this month, the band will head over to Australia to join Taking Back Sunday on the Australian leg of their “Tidal Wave” tour.

Listen: Acceptance is ‘Haunted’ in new song

A month after announcing the release of their highly anticipate sophomore album Acceptance has returned with the second single from the upcoming release. On Wednesday (Jan. 25), the Seattle-founded band headed over to Alternative Press to debut the second single off of their brand new record; a track titled “Haunted.” Unlike the band’s lyric video for lead single “Diagram of a Simple Man,” “Haunted” seems to be just like the name describes; a little on the dark side.

Unlike the band’s geometric, colorful lyric video for “Diagram of a Simple Man,” “Haunted is voided of colors and is rooted in real life. Gone all the swirling shapes and instead we get to see the point of view of a man following the end of a relationship. Instead of fitting into the typical lyric video mold, the clip looks more like it was intended to be a music video. According to guitarist Christian McAlhaney, that’s what the band was going for.

“We ultimately wanted to approach the idea of a lyric video in a different way. We absolutely loved the way that ‘Diagram’ turned out, but wanted to try something a little more organic feeling since ‘Diagram’ was entirely digital,” explains McAlhaney to Alternative Press. “We thought that you could create an actual story line while presenting the lyrics in creative and unique ways. We’d actually never seen anything like what we were trying to accomplish, a sort of video/lyric video hybrid, so we thought it could be something pretty unique.”

The video for “Haunted” can be seen above. “Haunted” will join “Diagram of a Simple Man” on the group’s upcoming sophomore album, Colliding by Design. Colliding by Design is set to be released on Feb. 24 through Rise Records with pre-orders currently available on iTunes and the band’s website.

After teasing that they were hard at work on some new music in 2015, Acceptance confirmed the new record back in December of 2016. The announcement came almost two years after they officially came back from hiatus and reunited at the 2015 Skate and Surf Music Festival in New Jersey. A few months after their official reunion and handful of shows, the group released their first new song since the release of 2006’s Phantoms; a track titled “Take You Away.”

In support of Colliding by Design‘s released, the band will perform at a couple of shows at the end of February. The list of gigs can be seen below.


Feb. 24 – Los Angeles @ El Rey
Feb. 25 – San Francisco @ Social Hall
Feb. 26 – Seattle @ Chop Suey

Acceptance announces new album with a new single

After disbanding in 2006 and re-grouping in 2015 for  a couple of shows, Acceptance has officially confirmed the release of their much-anticipated follow-up to 2005’s Phantoms. On Monday (Dec. 5), the band formally announced that their sophomore record will be titled, Colliding by Design. Colliding by Design is set to be released in February of 2017. In addition to the name of the album and the time frame of its release, Acceptance has also unveiled the lyric video for the record’s lead single, “Diagram of a Simple Man.”

“It’s interesting because with a lot of our songs the lyrical content will evolve as the song evolves, but with ‘Diagram of a Simple Man,’ I always had this lone image of an individual who had lost his individuality,” frontman Jason Vena explains to Consequence of Sound, who exclusively premiered the new track. “A man that had really missed out on the opportunity to be unique and to be around others who were unique. I think that is a pretty scary place to be and I was hoping to offer up an alternative to that outcome for anyone willing to listen.”

Listen to “Diagram of a Simple Man” below.

Last week, guitarist Christian McAlhaney took to Twitter to announced that the record was complete. “The record is done dudes!” the former Anberlin guitarist wrote. Pre-orders for physical copies of Colliding by Design are currently available on the band’s website. Digital pre-orders will be available beginning this Friday, Dec. 9.

After being on hiatus for almost a decade, Acceptance surprised fans when they were announced as one of the many bands to take the stage at the 2015 Skate and Surf Music Festival in New Jersey. Before formally hitting the stage as a reunited group, they performed a few intimate shows. A month after their return, the group released their first new song since disbanding in 2006, a track titled “Take You Away.” Ever since then, the band has been updating fans on social media, and Pledge Music, on the progress of the new record.