Helsott release video for cover of Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down A Dream” feat. Elvenking violinist Lethien

Band: Helsott
Song: “Runnin’ Down A Dream” (Tom Petty cover) feat. Lethien of Elvenking
Album: Slaves And Gods
Release Date: October 12th, 2018
Label: M-Theory Audio

Vocalist Eric Dow said of the group’s decision to cover the track:

Tom Petty was and will forever be an American songwriting hero. He was one of my all-time favorites, and I was lucky enough to see him live several times. We were working on Slaves And Gods when he passed away. I had just seen him at the Hollywood Bowl during what would be his final run of shows, and I was very inspired. We decided very quickly that we were going to cover a song and put it on the new record. We chose ‘Runnin’ Down A Dream’ because we felt we related most with those lyrics and the song rocks!”

Regarding the video and Lethien’s appearance, Dow offered:

“I felt like instead of acoustic guitar accompanying us, we would ask Lethien from Elvenking to throw down some violin. He did a great job. In the spirit of the album and having so many guest musicians on it, we had a local artist named Hunter Havokk do the guitar and bass. We really liked the outcome, so we decided to do a tribute video and release it on the anniversary of Tom Petty’s passing. Since he made shit happen with little to no money, we decided to approach this video in a very DIY manner. We had a GoPro and our friend Frank to film us. I did all the editing, and I am no means a video guy. We were just three guys having fun in the spirit of Tom Petty. We wanted to do a story line that was believable but still lucid enough to seem like a dream. I could very easily see one of us having a dream where our drummer Cooper was playing a pink junior kit in the back of our trailer. Then our van breaks down and we do whatever we can to pass the time, but it’s okay because a Jedi will come and fix it.”


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