Building atmosphere like the thunder that rolls in before the storm hits, Winters End most recent single ‘Mayfair’ is an emotionally charging track. The song alone is stirring and yet the Sydney duo, comprised of siblings Marissa and Christopher Pinto, have taken the opportunity in the accompanying video to raise awareness of the devastating impact of domestic violence in Australia.

“When Christopher and I heard about the 2015 statistics surrounding domestic violence we were mortified. This guided our choice regarding the song and the video that accompanied it.” Says Marissa Pinto of the video. “We didn’t write Mayfair with domestic violence in mind. We were made aware of the statistics throughout its recording process and started thinking about the video from there. Our aim with the video was to both increase awareness about domestic violence, and to increase reporting in a hope of preventing more lives being lost.”

Matching the sombre tone of the song with shadowy visuals and muted tones, cut through only by the silhouette of Pinto singing against blues and purples, the video is an apt portrayal of what is a reality for far too many women in our country.

“I think that as musicians we have a responsibility to use our reach to help other people find a voice, especially in the ever-more saturated world that we live in.”

Winters End are set to go on tour later this month in support of  UK group Yossarian.

Upcoming Winters End shows

30th January – Tanswell’s, Beechworth
supporting Yossarian

7th February – The Vanguard, Sydney
supporting Yossarian

13th February – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane
supporting Yossarian

20th February – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle
supporting Yossarian

For domestic violence information and support go to 1800 Respect, White Ribbon or for information and support specific to your state go here.