Words: ROBIN MUMFORD
The Miller Test, a band based in East London, have this week released a second video single from their acclaimed Dead Blue album. Armed with trip-hoppish alt-rock that is riven with lavish electronic percussion, ‘Southend Vic’ is now accompanied by a video which depicts a nightmare day at the beach.
While the sounds of the band conjure a Bonham-sampling Portishead, or a druggier Radiohead, the nostalgic, seemingly personal lyricism is a lot more romantically confessional than what the fans of The Miller Test have come to expect.
Emma/Suki provides the wonderfully aethereal lead vocal and takes a starring role in the video, a spooky day at the beach - Brighton Rock by way of Nicholas Roeg. Filmed in Leigh-on-sea with director Kristian Fitsall, the video is nothing short of eerie, outrageously strange, but extremely addictive.
Every time you watch the video, there will be a new weird and wonderful thing that you notice. Whether it is the shouting clown that freaks you out, or the people eating what looks like guts with their bare hands, or perhaps the fishermen that seem to make it in the background of every shot - there is something in the video that will make you feel uneasy.
Nevertheless, the music itself will draw you in like a fishing rod. "Southend Vic" Is out now.