The first video from Taproot's fifth album, 'Plead the Fifth,' 'Fractured (Everything I Said Was True)' has grabbed the attention of many, gaining the hard rock act new admirers. All this isn't surprising, with the timeless theme of brokenness and recovery in the song and video, as well as the infectious chorus.

"I think while the video's story does parallel the general idea behind the song, they are both separate entities as well," bassist Phil Lipscomb told Noisecreep, detailing the parallel paths between the two. "Visually there are some characteristics that match the lyrics and title being fractured and the general idea behind the tragic end to a relationship, and slightly macabre, but while the lyrics are about that, the point more so behind the song is being able to express one's own side of the tale, about how frustrating slanderous lies and wrong assumptions/presumptions can be."


The song itself is now being used to pull heartstrings as the musical centerpiece in a Total Nonstop Action wrestling montage. "We've been pro wrestling fans for years and have enjoyed seeing it's evolution over the years," said Lipscomb. "The growth and spectacle of the sport is amazing, and on top of that to have our song featured with Kurt Angle, an Olympic Gold Medalist and a legend in his own right, is something we never could've imagined." According to the bassist, the Angle story of triumph matches the story of the video, and the band couldn't be more excited in how their song was meshed into the video.

'Plead the fifth,' which is out now, displays the band going back to a more visceral sound than they've had on more recent efforts. "We've experimented over the years with different sounds and avenues for our songwriting, and 'Plead the Fifth' is simply the next step in that evolution," Lipscomb explains. "It takes everything we've learned and discovered over the years and puts it all together, the result of which is a powerful mix of everything that Taproot's ever done."

Being forced to move fast in writing and recording the album was not an easy one for the band. Feeling rushed doesn't even sum up the strife they faced, focusing on songs in groups to keep as focused as possible during the pace. "I think the time constraint contributed to the rawness of the record, because we didn't have time to polish it. I feel this record has finally captured the energy of what we do live."

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