Anthony D'Amato, 'If You're Gonna Build A Wall' Even with a broken finger, guitarist Anthony D'Amato puts together an inspired demo.
YouTube

All Songs TV

Anthony D'Amato, 'If You're Gonna Build A Wall'

I got an intriguing email recently from an artist I've followed for the past few years. Anthony D'Amato was excited about a demo he'd recorded, and he wanted to get it out into the world. D'Amato had recently broken his finger — which, for a guitar player, is a particularly tough break. So he found himself off his usual tour cycle and newly inspired by his time at home.

"I found myself being bombarded by the 24-hour news cycle every time I turned on the TV or went online," he writes. "This song, 'If You're Gonna Build A Wall,' was just my natural reaction to that." D'Amato wrote the song, broken finger and all, in his bedroom in an afternoon. "We shot this footage around the ruins of an abandoned mine near where my brother Nick lives in Colorado. He's a fantastic photographer who works under the name Diamond D Photography and knows all sorts of dirt roads and off-road trails in the mountains that lead to forgotten places like this. A day later, we had this on our hands."

D'Amato is now in the studio with Mike Mogis for a 2016 album, but he writes that he feels something immediate about this demo. "I'm generally very protective of my demos, because they're just rough sketches meant to be filled in (or completely transformed) later on in the studio. But in this case, the issues that inspired the song are very much on my mind, and the reaction it's been getting since I started playing live again suggests that I'm not alone in that regard. So I wanted to share it widely."

[+] read more[-] less

More From All Songs TV

A still from Radiohead's "Lift" video. YouTube hide caption

toggle caption YouTube

Radiohead Made A Video For 'Lift' In A Lift

Leave it to Radiohead to take a straightforward joke — Thom Yorke rides a lift for the song "Lift" — and make it surreal.

Front Bottoms in a scene from a new video for the group's song, "Vacation Town." YouTube screen grab hide caption

toggle caption YouTube screen grab

The Heart And Humor Of Front Bottoms Shine On 'Vacation Town'

One of Bob Boilen's favorite live bands explores the comforts of breaking from day-to-day routines in a brutally honest and comical new video.

A still from Kelly Clarkson's "Love So Soft" video. YouTube hide caption

toggle caption YouTube

Kelly Clarkson Returns With 'Love So Soft'

Clarkson makes a bold-but-restrained return with the first single off her new album, Meaning of Life, which drops October 27.

A still from Charlie Parr's "Peaceful Valley" video. YouTube hide caption

toggle caption YouTube

Charlie Parr's Raucous Junk-Rag 'Peaceful Valley' Is Anything But

With fingers flying like a hornet's nest knocked on its side, the guitarist's "Peaceful Valley" is a song for devil-may-care hermits and hoarders. Watch the animated video.

A still from St. Vincent's "New York" video. YouTube hide caption

toggle caption YouTube

St. Vincent's 'New York' Is A Bright Lament

Annie Clark channels the pain of her ballad into a corner flower store and a replica of the Astor Place Cube in a video directed by pop-artist Alex Da Corte.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile's Lotta Sea Lice comes out Oct. 13. Danny Cohen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Danny Cohen/Courtesy of the artist

Courtney Barnett And Kurt Vile Are Just Two Peas In A Pod, Continents Apart

Watch a charming video for "Over Everything," the first single from Barnett and Vile's album-length collaboration, Lotta Sea Lice, due Oct. 13.

Back To Top