Cvlt Nation presents the first video from SAID SARA, the newly unveiled solo venture of San Francisco, California singer-songwriter David C. Benson (Acephalix, Depressor). SAID SARA released its eponymous debut EP in recent weeks, and “The Heart” is the new visual accompaniment to the record’s lead song.
Under the epithet SAID SARA, David Benson has divulged his solo/acoustic project while in quarantine. While the COVID-19 pandemic may have allowed time for the completion of the brand new self-titled debut EP, it has been thirty years in the making. The EP was self-recorded in the Spring of 2020 except the closing track “The Thing” which was recorded on April 13, 1991 by Corbin Armanini and Benson on 4-track cassette.
With the video for “The Heart,” Benson offers, “SAID SARA opens the chest and extracts The Heart. Phantom pain, both corporeal and sentimental, is the object of The Heart — and the cost is unbearably high.”
The Cvlt Nation feature reads in part, “He knows how to write songs that feel like they should have come out in the 90’s but are still current. SAID SARA creates anthems that we all need to hear!”
See the video for SAID SARA’s “The Heart” via Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION.
The Said Sara EP is available and streaming in its entirety at Bandcamp RIGHT HERE as well as through all other digital providers.
Watch for updates as Benson continues to create new material under the SAID SARA banner in the months ahead.
As the drummer of crusty death metal warhorse Acephalix and ascetic industrial-death automaton Depressor, SAID SARA may seem like a withdrawal for Benson. The channel through this seemingly vast sonic desert was Transition., with which he spent fourteen or more years as guitarist/vocalist-turned vocalist. This genre-obscuring clique’s sole album, 1994’s Spine, was released on Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn’s ultra-legendary SST Records.
While SAID SARA’s sound may have more in common with Neil Young than Nailbomb, its lyrical tropes are largely of the ill-lit: irreparable loss, toxic arrogance, debilitating anxiety. This alloy of bright and blight is inherent in the six songs on the EP, three of which were written in the early-1990s. The other three, written this spring during breaks in compulsory “distance learning” (Benson is a high school Special Ed teacher), coursed forth as if no years had been lost in between.