Melbourne continues to burst at the seams with the wealth of talent on show. Indie rock trio Jade Imagine are just one of the latest to emerge from the city, signing to Courtney Barnett and Jen Cloher’s Milk Records and releasing an EP in 2017. Two years removed Jade Imagine have just released their latest offering, the track (and video), “Big Old House”.
On show are the band’s musical leanings; fuzzy, hazy, guitar-driven indie rock that meanders and curves in and out of post/pop influences. It’s soft, but jangly, and features vocalist Jade McInally’s swaying voice. The song itself is one McInally recalls as having been written: “after a dream”.
The band have also premiered the video for the track, one that features the colors and hues of experimental art films of the past. The song is in slight contrast to the video’s throwback look, but as they explain, the band wanted to capture that conflict between light and dark;
“it’s about telling yourself in your darker moments to let the good things in, even if all you feel is negativity. In the clip, I am getting brainwashed by my happier, lighter and more wholesome self. It represents the ongoing conflict between the light and dark within ourselves.”
The video was co-directed by the band and James Thomson and sought influence from noted filmmakers Daria Argento and Stanley Kubrick. McInally has stated that they were inspired “by the lighting in Dario Argento’s film Suspiria and the brainwashing content of Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.” And it’s easy to see how those influenced shaped the final product.
Jade Imagine will have their single launch on June 1st at Yah Yahs in Fitzroy, performing with Denise Le Menise and Spike Vincent.
Watch the video for “Big Old House” below and find out more about Jade Imagine on the Milk Records website.
Strung Out pull curtain on “Under The Western Sky” video
Strung Out tap David Lynch vibes on new video
In preparation for their new album, Strung Out have released a new song and video. Titled “Under a Western Sky”, the song is the second to be released ahead of their upcoming 9th studio album, Songs of Armor and Devotion. The video was directed by vocalist Jason Cruz who says the video was in tribute to filmmaker David Lynch and one of the central themes of the new album- America;
“Under the Western Sky’ was inspired by the films of David Lynch and my favorite subject: America. I have neither pride nor disdain for the environment I was raised and continue to create in. The things I see and feel are all just colors on a palette to be used any way I see fit.”
The new album is the follow-up to 2015’s Transmission.Alpha.Delta and is due for release August 9th via Fat Wreck. The album is also the first without long time drummer Jordan Burns, who departed the band in 2018. Burns was replaced by Runaway Kids drummer RJ Shankle.
Out of the two songs released thus far, “Under The Western Sky” has us most excited for the new record- all fire and melody; trademark Strung Out.
Strung Out have a North American tour lined up for September through November with The Casualties.
Joywave get Zapruder on new “Like A Kennedy” video
Rochester indie rockers Joywave have unveiled the video for the track “Like a Kennedy”. The video features visual commentary on the current wave of violence, taking on the famous Zapruder video of the Kennedy assassination.
Joywave founder Daniel Armbuster has said that the bands decision regarding the video was very much in tune with today’s political climate; “Nobody is surprised by the violence and no action is taken each time that it occurs. The violence is allowed to just continue and continue and continue. Obviously that is very relevant to where we’re at now. Every time there’s another mass shooting, all these people die, and you know, thoughts and prayers. And nothing changes.“
“Like A Kennedy” is the band’s latest single, their first new material since 2018’s “Blastoffff”. Regarding the song, Armbuster has said the new single is about the endless wave of media and content we are all faced in today’s frenzied landscape of 24 hour news and social. The song is about the exhaustion and burnout;
“It’s an anti-chaos song. Every screen you walk by DEMANDS your attention. Everything is BREAKING NEWS in all caps. It’s a really difficult time to think about the mundane small-scale things that have been the focus of human existence until very recently. I don’t think people should check out, but I think it’s beneficial to at least zoom out and not take the bait every time. It feels like everything is designed to keep us enraged 24 hours a day. We deserve a little sanity.”
We do indeed Daniel. We do indeed.
Joywave last released a full length album, Content, in 2017.