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A new name has been added to the mix of fresh-faced Australian artists coming out of the gates hard and leaving an impressive impact on audiences. Releasing their debut single Crystal Math in early June, Sydney based band Decapitators are ready to seduce you further with a new music video to accompany their single.
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The product of two friends and a year long trip to Mexico, South Coast NSW comrades Ivan (rhythm guitar and lead vocals) and Thorne (bass and backing vocals) have turned campfire travel anthems used to pass the time, into the beginnings of a blossoming music career.
Recruiting the two final members, Matt (lead guitar and backing vocals) and Tom (drums), that make up this quartet, a dream of audiences beyond fellow travellers and social circles has finally become a reality. After spending a few years tightening, reprising and perfecting their self-written sentiments, Decapitators released their debut single Crystal Math earlier this month.
The catchy riffs, strong vocals, and lyrics that hold a desperation with which many of us can relate, work well to create a song that leaves listeners wanting more.
Balancing the heavier, punk elements of their sound with an airy mystery created by pockets of restraint, this first release is a strong one for a band that is showing their individuality and experimental side early on in their career. The catchy riffs, strong vocals, and lyrics that hold a desperation with which many of us can relate, work well to create a song that leaves listeners wanting more.
The accompanying music video has now been released, and it’s an entertaining and enigmatic experience that gives weight to the lyrics and leaves you playing it back in your mind. The video is doused with inverted colours, obscure camera angles and an interesting take on combining story narrative and performance within the video. Instead of cutting between scenes of a narrative and the band playing, we are treated to layered images of masked figures dissolving and merging into singer Ivan submerged in a bath tub; piercing us with eyes open underwater as he sings directly to the camera.
The bath scenes in particular seem to echo, stereotypically, how a woman’s body is portrayed or exploited in popular media. Whether the use of these scenes and the impact they had was done sub-consciously or consciously, it portrays a show of strength, recognition and understanding in a band just starting out. The overall Donnie Darko-esque experience of the video amplifies the breathy, eerie tone of the song and creates a cinematic affair, reaffirming that Decapitators have something worth listening to.