Riverby takes matters into their own hands in video for new single, “Baseless”
The first track from Riverby’s new album Absolution – due March 25th via Take This To Heart Records – is out today, with an empowering, yet chilling video. “Baseless” shows off Riverby’s aggressive side, while maintaining songwriter August Greenberg’s cutting honesty.
In “Baseless,” Riverby sends a message to survivors of abuse and their aggressors. “‘Baseless’ is a song written about the repeated patterns of men committing heinous acts, their victims calling for justice, and the deflection that people come to expect from the accused,” says Greenberg in a press statement. “Everything is a ‘baseless accusation’ or ‘a misunderstanding’ or ‘something you should’ve expected to happen.’”
In the video for “Baseless,” Greenberg wields a baseball bat, swinging it around in their grip until it finds who it was meant for: the gaslighting perpetrator who told them they were crazy. Riverby finds justice in a violent one-on-one encounter in the bathroom of a crowded party that plays out like a fever dream. The lyrics however suggest that, if a higher power did exist, then his punishment would come in the afterlife.
Spiritual introspection, as brought up in “Baseless,” sets a theme for the rest of Riverby’s sophomore LP, Absolution. You can preorder the full record here, and check back on March 25th to hear more. Watch the full video for “Baseless” below. Riverby is playing a 4333 Collective show at Original 13 Ciderworks on February 25th; more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.