Americana-bluesy artist Rory Ellis, who has just returned from a three-week tour of Germany, is bringing his music to Kiama Leagues Club on Saturday, November 4.
Ellis has recently released his new single Another Woman Down, which deals with the tragedy of domestic violence.
Inspired by the experience of someone dear to him, Ellis wrote about the behaviour of a man who was aggressive, demeaning, jealous, with an uncontrollable temper and a gambling addiction.
“She held a highly respected professional position, but he was out of work and was constantly demanding money from her to fulfil his addiction,” he said.
“The only time he was almost reasonable was when this need was fulfilled for the moment, albeit very seldom. He had a charming side but not behind closed doors. She was desperately trying to protect both herself and her son from him.”
The singer-songwriter said this was an all too common story.
“The woman in this story merely wanted happiness and to love a good man who loved her true,” Ellis said.
Being so close to the victim in the story made the songwriting more difficult, but Ellis said he was also inspired by her endurance, resilience and belief in love. He said he wanted others to understand the position the victims are put in.
“I'd like the listeners to take away from this song the unnecessary grief and damage that domestic violence causes,” he said.
“Not only the victim in this case being the mum, but the children also. Maybe, just maybe, this song may set the alarm bells ringing and remind people that this is a reality in our society and that sometimes, the victim is someone close desperately trying to escape, and they may need your help and support.”
The video is as confronting and moving as the lyrics in the track.
“I wanted to convey the victim’s personal journey through this abuse in the video,” Ellis said.
“I wanted to show her story, her grief, frustrations, fears and torment. I also wanted to show the reality of him and his demons.”
The singer-songwriter said he was proud of the track and video.
“I hope it makes people think before they speak, think before they act, and think about what this does to everybody under that roof you call home,” he said.
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