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XIII has released the music video for the track Hell Mary off his debut double A-side single Hell Mary/Don’t Leave Me Alone.
Shot across the northern beaches, north shore and inner city of Sydney, and directed by Tim Swallow and Ed Triglone (Lagoon Collective), the clip for Hell Mary gives insight to the moody, grunge world of Gyroscope‘s Dan Sanders’ new project XIII.
With trashing VCR like clips cut together with visuals of living life as a 20-something, the Hell Mary music video is reminiscent of Nirvana‘s Smells Like Teen Spirit video, capturing the perfect tune for millennial angst. Channeling that ‘90s grunge vibe really enhances the stark and raw vocals, next to the thrashing guitars in the chorus and heavy drums, evoking the anger and emotion within the song and its lyrics.
XIII’s debut album is expected to drop later this year as Hell Mary is only one of over 100 songs that Sanders had written since 2008, taken to with full attention in 2016 after the transformation of Sanders’ home shed into a studio dubbed ‘The Cabin’.
Life events and experiences alike the tragic death of David Bowie, a life-long musical hero of Sanders, influenced his work, inspiring songs of rage, despair, loss and hate that made many of the unheard tracks, evolving his art and creating some tracks that sounds nothing like his past work.
Sanders played all instruments on Hell Mary with Drew Goddard of Karnivool, and will be included on XIII’s debut album alongside single Don’t Leave Me Alone released in September.