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BUDDERSIDE Eulogize Vocalist’s Late Father, A Veteran & Stunt Pilot, With “JOKER” Music Video

BUDDERSIDE Eulogize Vocalist's Late Father, A Veteran & Stunt Pilot, With "JOKER" Music Video

Active rock outfit BUDDERSIDE have today (December 9) released an emotional new single, “Joker,” which pays tribute to vocalist PATRICK STONE’s late father Charles E. Stone who passed away in 2020 due to COVID-19. Known as the “joker,” STONE’s father was a Korean War veteran and stunt pilot. To honor his memory, BUDDERSIDEPatrick Stone (vocals), Sam “Bam” Koltun (lead guitar), Logan Nikolic (rhythm guitar), Gabe Maska (bass) and Jeff Dewbray (drums)—filmed the “Joker” music video at Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, CA surrounded by historic warbirds and aerobatic aircrafts, with STONE’s face painted to resemble the joker character.

Joker” is available now to stream/download across all digital platforms HERE.

“‘Joker’ pays tribute to my father who was a veteran and stunt pilot that I lost due to Covid,” shares STONE, whose outstanding soaring vocals underline the song’s heart and soul.

He continues to reminisce about his relationship with his father and how it inspired the track: “Imagine you’re a child, Dad wakes you up before dawn, takes you to the airport and straps you into his two-seater acrobatic aircraft and you both launch into a gorgeous, burning orange and red sunrise. He flips the plane upside down just as you come over the Santa Cruz mountains above Steamers Lane, the engine growling into a dive toward waves covered with surfers who begin jumping from their boards in fear of a crash. Dad laughing his ass off, upside down and lightning fast, then, spinning upward, straight for the stars. He cuts the power into a stall! You fall backwards, your heart spit from your chest, all the angels in heaven vibrating in your bones and Dad, The Joker, laughs even louder as the free fall consumes you. A quick trick with the controls, the engine comes back to life like an earthquake, the power under your seat, you both scream! Then, like a dream, the clouds act like a blanket and softly carry you to wherever you want to go. This was a typical Sunday morning for my dad and I.”

“The Joker” lyrics

Fear is my own design

Loss is my every chain

Possessions hold me down

Reminding me of times of pain

Hold me closer now

As I push you away

Into a new chapter

Alone so proud dying so brave

So brave

Travel with me through time

Walk with me in your light

Find me where you would fly

The joker in the sky

The joke is on you and…

I can’t be everything

Like you are everywhere

In every breath I breathe

Shining the light on mystery

The mountains sing the song

Resting your soul to sleep

The fallen snow it lays

The child down where he believes

Believe in me

Travel with me through time

Walk with me in your light

Find me where you would fly

The joker in the sky

The joke is on you and…

I’m following the ghost that has failed you,

and I won’t ever forget he betrayed you

Travel with me through time

Walk with me in your light

Find me where you would fly

The joker in the sky

The joke is on you and…

Travel with me through time

Walk with me in your light

Find me where you would fly

The joker in the sky

The joker in the sky

BUDDERSIDE have been steadily releasing a series of singles leading into the release of their upcoming third album, due in 2023, which they recorded earlier this year with producer Matt Good (Asking Alexandria, Hollywood Undead). Their recent single “The Truth” topped the Danny Wimmer Presents “Power Hour” fan-powered music video countdown Twitch show hosted by VJ/music personality Matt Pinfield, SiriusXM dj Caity Babs and industry exec Josh Bernstein. It was #1 for nine weeks, the maximum allotted amount. BUDDERSIDE’s recent singles include “Never Worth It,” “Too Far,” “Ghostlighting” and “Voices.”

The LA-based group have been seen performing one-off gigs at hometown venues including The Whisky and Viper Room throughout the year. When they’re not touring or recording, Koltun can be seen on the road with Dorothy and Faster Pussycat and Nikolic appears with Diamante on tour. Stay tuned in 2023 for additional tour dates.

Photo Credit: George Reed

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