..for Stet Howland to recover, let’s look at the history of the band again.
I haven’t managed to figure out the exact date when the video for In Harm’s Way was released, so I can’t tell for sure whether Mike’s “It’s about a serious subject” remark on the Dynamo’91 live recording is related to the video or not.
The point is, the video is… I hesitate to say “glamorous”, but, well, it’s as close as it gets with Metal Church, right?
David Wayne once said that Queensryche were “a good looking bunch of guys” while the MC guys apparently “always knew [they] were the ugly band”. Which is kinda perplexing to me because the concepts of “Queensryche” and “good-looking” never mixed in my world. Quite the opposite.
But, well, there is a grain of truth to this statement, in the sense that the Wayne era looked a bit lacking as compared to the Howe era.
If anything, there are very few frontmen of Mike’s caliber. Dickinson maybe. Younger Snider. And that’s kinda it.
So we get all this rock star splendour coming from Mike, moves, bare chest and all; Duke Erickson being a worthy competitor in everything but the hair department (he’s taller, though – can’t have it all =P ); and let’s not forget John Marshall’s almost Goth-like impression (well someone did write those lyrics based on a Poe’s story… yeah right, you get a new guitarist in, and it’s, like, the first thing he does).
But the song is indeed about a serious subject. It’s about child abuse.
Kurdt Vanderhoof wrote the lyrics for it, and there’s that line:
It’s not that mommy hits that hurts me, it’s when she goes away
Kinda ties in with what I was saying about psychological violence being way worse.