The Yellow Wallpaper
When All Usefulness Is Over
“The Yellow Wallpaper” is our interpretation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s classic short story of the same name. This non-linear debut release opens the first rabbit hole into the Neverland story. Treading through schizophrenic lyrics and lush orchestrations, this chapter will lace up your boots and hurl you down a path less traveled. Together, we will explore the fleeting mind of an artist in the creative process. In the words of Pablo Picasso, “Every act of creation was first an act of destruction”.
Inquisitive piano compositions, anxious string sections, and mourning guitar passages lay the deep and dynamic soundscape for this chapter. But even more visceral than the sonic architecture is the visual accompaniment for these pieces. The music, videos, and artwork for this chapter were completely directed and created by members of the band. The density of work in maintaining a project like this truly makes the lyrical content of the release quite personal to us, as we find ourselves constantly immersed in the creative process. The goal is to create a collective around the world of artists and creatives that can connect and relate to common themes like the one depicted in this release.
We may have opened the first door for you, but what you take away from this chapter is more important than the chapter itself.
CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN
Feminist, Novelist, Psychologist
Author of "The Yellow Wallpaper", Charlotte Perkins Gilman's work provided the backbone for this chapter of the Neverland story. Her original short story exposes the social and psychological injustices being done to women in the late nineteenth century.
Painter, Sculptor, Playwright
Pioneer of the cubist movement and political activist, Pablo Picasso became one of the world's most renowned artists of the twentieth century. His surreal imagery and profound thoughts were part of what made this chapter possible.
With a stunning archive of successful features, Denis Villeneuve's visual storytelling became a powerful influence on this chapter, and many others. "Enemy" (2013) embodied much of what this chapter set out to be, visually. Denis' meticulous color palette, sickening mood, and introspective nature were exactly what this chapter set out to replecate.
THE LOST BOYS COLLECTIVE
TAKE MY HAND
Of the many quotes that fill this chapter, the most poignant is that of Pablo Picasso, "Every act of creation was first an act of destruction". The Lost Boys Collective is comprised of creative people. This chapter is all about that process and the evils that can come from art. Whether it be writing a song, dancing ballet, crafting with wood; people from all over the world face many of the same psychological afflictions from the creative process. Even if the people around you appear as if they would not understand, the chances are that they do.
"When every breath is still a fight, I know I'm not alone"
Charlotte Perkins Gilman's suicide note provides the quote, "But when all usefulness is over, ...it is the simplest of human rights to choose a quick and easy death in place of a slow and horrible one". Although she did not commit suicide out of as a result of the creative process, many do. If you or a loved one is experiencing any suicidal thoughts, please do not hesitate to call the professionals at the national suicide prevention hotline (1-800-273-8255). If anyone reading this needs a sympathetic ear to the toils of the creative process, feel encouraged to reach out to any member of the band or the band website itself to get in touch.