At the heart of Screamfeeder’s music is pure melody: layered harmonies that are coated over a rough-hewn skeleton replete with snaking bass and jangling barbed-wire guitars. ‘Late To The Party’ has a long jungle rumble intro that pounds effortlessly forward with the might of something by The Cure, with a little more bite. There are mountain-scaling vocal harmonies and a restless forward motion that thunders and rampages through the senses.
The new video (created by Jacob Schiotz, and starring the band and Amber and Marty Sperling) captures the zeitgeist with its Zoom-like video qualities – the fuzzy, flickering ever changing movements in the dark and the buildup of participants has an anticipatory tone as members join the screen. The theme fits with the sense of anxiety and uncertainty and paranoia in the lyrics, reflecting Jeremy Bentham’s idea of the panopticon:
Everybody listens and everybody knows/ Because everyone is watching/ Everybody stares because everybody’s judging /Because everybody cares
There’s an ominous ghostly presence, matching the restless energy of the music, visually arresting and threaded with a disquieting gloom in the muted purple-infused colours and a steampunk/Bladerunner dystopian sci fi tone.
The epic video is released on the eve of Screamfeeder’s final tour for 2022: a year that has seen them blast back into our consciousness as if they never left. Details below:
Saturday, 22 October Spring Loaded – Wollongong Uni, NSW
Friday, 4 November – The Tote (40 th Birthday) – Melbourne, VIC
Saturday, 5 November – The Milk Bar, Perth, WA
Friday, 25 November – The Royal Oak Hotel – Launceston, TAS
Saturday, 26 November Republic Bar – Hobart, TAS
Saturday, 10 December – The Zoo (30 th Birthday) – Brisbane, QLD
In the meantime, get a copy of the marvellous ‘Five Rooms’ through the link below and you can get exlusive content in their patreon account.