WATCH: POZI – ‘Watching You Suffer’

If I could describe ‘Watching You Suffer’ from London trio Pozi in one word, it would definitely be quirky… With a raw punk energy and attitude, the track resonates a strong sense of emergency and alarm, coupled with a dystopian DIY music video that surely helps the case.

The main female character is alone in the midst of a sterile world inhabited by human-like, faceless creatures dressed in red, the colour of danger. The raw vocals are reminiscent of The B-52s and the lack of guitars is a definite innovative plus – with the violin and its mid-track solo being a key highlight of the song. The growling, constant bass-line continues to evoke the sense of urgency, and is almost lifelike, emulating  the music video’s main character’s sense of loneliness and of being misunderstood.

Pozi’s violin driven punk surely makes the trio a stand-out act that you should definitely keep your eyes and ears on!

Watch the new video for ‘Watching You Suffer’ here:

PZ1, the upcoming album from POZI, is out 5th April via Prah Recordings.

Janelle Borg

WATCH: Hexmaze – ‘Hex Hex Hex’

Making a mark on the London music scene since 2017, five-piece band Hexmaze have just dropped their single, ‘Hex Hex Hex’. With a hypnotic potion of punk lyrics and vocals, haunting chants and fuzzed out guitars, the collision of different sounds creates a genre-splitting track. In their latest single, the band demonstrate their diversity and ability to experiment in a song and create what will ultimately become a favourite amongst fans.

The music video, directed by Swedish visual artist Anna Bo, complements the energy and organised chaos of the song. Anna Bo creates a horror-like fairytale setting, which is intersected with scenes of the band dressed as Atwood-esque spectres band walking in unison. The video is almost ritualistic as its indulgent and rich imagery perfectly captures the intense emotions packed within the song. Both the music video and the single signify the journey from anxiousness to anger, and overall create an empowering message.

Watch the new video for ‘Hex Hex Hex’ here:

Amy McCarthy
@behindthecritic

WATCH: Show Boy – ‘Heart Is An Apple’

Having built a reputation across the capital for their dazzling, energy-filled live shows, London’s Show Boy are back with a captivating new video.

Whilst a step away from the sparkling glam pop of previous offering ‘Empress‘, what ‘Heart Is An Apple’ lacks in glitter, it no doubt makes up for in sweeping emotion and rich lyrical content. Filled with twinkling, whirring hooks and the distinctive smooth vocals and impassioned falsetto of front-man Jovis, it oozes an instantly infectious, soaring pop-strewn splendour.

To experience the song to its full potential, however, you really should watch the video. A glorious, 100% handmade, stop-motion animation – with everything you see completely lovingly crafted, and filmed, by Jovis – it follows the endearing plight of two characters on an arduous arctic adventure, before one of them meets their tragic end in the mouth of Show Boy keyboardist Dan.

Of the track, Jovis explains:

“It’s essentially about a desire to escape the boring, predictable parts of your life and go on an adventure into the unknown. To find new excitement in your relationships, break through that layer of passivity and feel stronger emotions. I was listening a lot to the Joni Mitchell album Night Ride Home while writing this and, although it doesn’t sound similar at all, I definitely had that exciting night journey vibe in my head all the time. Sadly the journey doesn’t end too well for the characters in the video, so I suppose too much adventure can also be a bad thing…”

Watching ‘Heart Is An Apple’ it’s clear that Show Boy have created something truly exquisite; epic in its understated emotive power and inspired artistry.

Catch Show Boy live at their single launch this Friday 18th May at The Shacklewell Arms.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

WATCH: Table Scraps – ‘I’m A Failure’

With acclaim from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne and IDLES’ Joe Talbot, Birmingham’s Table Scraps featured as one of our ‘Ones To Watch’ in 2018, and they’re certainly proving themselves worthy of the title. Following the dark and gritty garage-punk of tracks such as ‘My Obsession and ‘Sick Of Me’, and the recent release of their debut album, the trio are back with a riotous new single.

Fuelled by the band’s trademark ferocious force and an infectious scuzzy energy, ‘I’m A Failure’ blasts out whirring riffs alongside the raw, impassioned vocals of Poppy Twist. Accompanied by a brand new tongue-in-cheek video, it’s another perfect slice of raging, empowered grunge-fuelled rock from our favourite Brummies.

Of the inspiration behind the new visuals, TJ from the band explains:

“Making videos without any budget is more fun. We took some cheap wood and socks and made this Beavis and Butt-Head inspired love letter to the golden era of MTV – excess, big budgets, channel hopping and boredom. Sock puppets and explosions were always meant to be together!”

Watch the new video for ‘I’m A Failure’ here:

Autonomy, the new album from Table Scraps, is out now. You can catch the band live:

10th March – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton
28th April – Wrong Festival, Liverpool

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Meg Lavender

WATCH: Shamir – ‘Straight Boy’

I first fell in love with Shamir upon hearing the frenzied joy of 2014’s ‘On The Regular’, and my love continued to grow when I saw him live at Visions Festival the next year, and he gave me the sweetest of hugs when I told him I was a fan. And my love got even bigger when I watched the video for his new single ‘Straight Boy’.

A massive step away from the uptempo playful pop of his debut, ‘Straight Boy’ lays bare a heart-rending raw emotion, as the moving beauty of Shamir’s vocals and the delicate simplicity of the melody oozes an endearing vulnerability.

Asking what it is about straight boys that makes them act the way they do, Shamir explains of the single:

“(it’s) about how frustrating it was for me to have my whole identity picked apart at a young age just to see straight white men use it as an aesthetic choice. The video quite unequivocally depicts the process of white washing and the repudiation of the queer and people of color who pioneered.”

Watch the new video for ‘Straight Boy’ – a visual representation of the song’s meaning, as Shamir stands in front of a white backdrop, his image gradually being replaced by a white guy:

Shamir’s upcoming new album Revelations is out 3rd November via Father/Daughter Records.

Mari Lane
@marimindles