“Musicians are such natural storytellers,” Haun told Alternative Press. “I’ve always had an obsession with concept albums. You’d have Bowie or Nick Cave or Johnny Cash telling these stories across an album. They were brilliant. Always sparked my imagination. I was as inspired by that as any movie, book or comic story.”
Each issue will coincide with the release of a new single from Me Like Bees, eventually resulting in a new EP from the band. The first single, “The River Divides” is already out and serves as a theme song for the entire series. Check out the video below:
“‘The River Divides’ is a song inspired by The Realm about a group of people who are constantly coming to grips with a hostile new world, all the while struggling with their checkered pasts that pale in comparison to the horrors they are forced to survive daily,” Me Like Bees vocalist Luke Sheafer told AP “When I wrote the lyrics, I was imagining a salty, war-ready people who lamented the world they now live in, while also pining for their former lives, as bogged down with worries, regrets and fear as they may have been.”
The first issue of The Realm, described as a mash-up of post-apocalyptic landscapes, dark magical citadels, machine gun-toting barbarians, unnamable horrors and dragons, arrives Sept. 13.