I can’t believe it’s been five whole years since UK Rock Duo Band Of Skulls made an appearance in this space; and yet, it is so. Needless to say, they’re back with a vengeance with this week’s video clip for “We’re Alive.” While this anthemic song ushers in a poppier sound for Band of Skulls, the heavy baselines, rich vocals and hooks galore haven’t gone anywhere. Shot entirely in tones of red and black, the video not only looks great, it also has an intriguing message.
As the band — comprised of Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals) and Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) — explains, the video is the second installment of a trilogy that began with “Cool Your Battles” (released in February), “using the same central characters who are losing themselves to the music. The song is life affirming, cutting through the mundaneness of modern life to proclaim ‘We’re Alive.’” Director Nate Camponi adds that he “wanted the video for ‘We’re Alive’ to be a vision of a surreal cult, built from this crazy cross section of characters, all dancing in sync. Where did these characters end up after they raved together at the end of ‘Cool Your Battles’? Well, they ended up getting seduced into following this strange Guru character, who hypnotizes them with a bizarre dance. Ultimately, it’s a tongue-in-cheek study of power and brainwashing, and how we’ve seen countless historical figures stand up and assume total control. It’s a deep concept but hopefully it’s still lighthearted enough to get your foot tapping.” Mission accomplished!
“We’re Alive” appears on the band’s fifth album, Love Is All You Love (produced by Richard X), which is set for release April 12th, 2019 via So Recordings. Enjoy!
Hey, what’s up. It’s Sunday and time again for the Video Clip of the Week, so what better clip to choose than one featuring a church, assorted religious iconography, plus a (possibly fake) priest and…some other guys? There’s an irresistible, dream-like feeling that’s brought on by watching SACCO’s video for “Kerosene.” The thing is, the Priest, the Wall Street Guy and the Dude trying to set a Fire in the Snow all have the same face /mask on. Perhaps the meaning of this song takes too long to talk about.
Musically, you’ll be pulled in by the seductive undertow of lumbering bass, an almost military drumming cadence and whip smart lyrics like “Patience is a woman I can’t wait to meet” and “Mercy is trigger that I ain’t pulled yet.” Very clever! SACCO, a band that sounds like they potentially have a string of good albums in them, is the creative vision of childhood friends John Fredericks and Andy Breihan (both most recently of Guards) who are joined by drummer Chris Trombley.
“Kerosene” is from the New York by-way-of Southern California trio’s self-titled debut album, which will be released April 22nd on Sensibility Music. That’s also the date when SACCO will head out on tour with Band Of Skulls, so that promises to be a hot ticket! Enjoy!
You will probably agree that Band of Skulls is a thoroughly righteous band name, and for that reason alone they deserve to be featured as Worleygig.com’s Video Clip of The Week. Fortunately, their music sounds like a Brontosaurus stomping across a collection of the heaviest, most revered classic and psychedelic rock that schooled just about anyone who matters. Yeah, pretty cool. Band of Skulls’ new album, Himalayan, will be released April 1st (No Fooling), 2014, which seems pretty far away, but in the meantime, you can discover the band via this rad clip. Enjoy!