Honoring the life of a childhood best friend, Lukas Graham released a potent new song and accompanying video titled “Not a Damn Thing Changed” on Friday (Oct. 12).
“The song is a tribute to one of the guys I grew up with who hung himself in January. He was three months older than me and we walked through life together,” lead vocalist Lukas Forchhammer explains in a press release.
Filmed with the artist’s real-life childhood friends around their hometown of Christiania, Denmark, the emotional video, directed by René Sascha Johannsen, explores Forchhammer’s formative years, inner battles and urge to reach out to his loved ones.
The visual follows Forchhammer and his friends in a funeral as they grieve, drink and play soccer in the rain in an attempt to let go of their troubles. Exposing his own demons, the 30-year-old uncovers his vulnerabilities and offers a shoulder to lean on in the emotional lyrics, “Not a damn thing changed/Just the funerals that follow death some more pain/Drinking them beers and we’re lighting up joints in the cold rain/ I’m glad I got somewhere to go/I know a few souls without hope/Brother, you know you can call if you’re broke/Damn it, I pray you won’t reach for that rope.”
The nostalgic tribute puts Forchhammer’s compelling voice front and center as he explores breathtaking highs and growling lows ignited by his pain.
“Not A Damn Thing Changed” off Lukas Graham’s upcoming album 3 (The Purple Album), due out Oct. 26. The band also recently announced a North American tour for 2019; tickets can be purchased here.
Watch the touching video for “Not A Damn Thing Changed” below.