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New Zealand-born, London-based singer & songwriter October and the Eyes is sharing her new single & video ‘Playing God’ which is taken from her upcoming debut EP Dogs and Gods, scheduled for 20 November via KRO Records.

Speaking about the new single, October explained “‘Playing God’ is about the innate human desire for power and control but also our ability to cry “poor little ole’ me” when it all gets too much.” “It’s also hugely laced with irony, humour and contradictions – I’ll be the first to admit my lust for control, yet I’m also ready to laugh at myself (at my own expense) at how farcical our trivial desires for such things seem in the grand scheme of life. It seems I’m constantly battling between bolstering my ever fragile ego and humbling myself by how embarrassed I am by my own existence. I am a constant contradiction – I think all humans are.”

On the visuals behind the new track, October added “The video references my favourite cinema of transgression videographer Richard Kern’s ‘Submit To Me Now’ film. To me the title and video of his film both represent the inherent sexual power that the female body and mind possess – our ability to ‘play god’ at our own choosing. Also it’s just a sick video visually and Lung Leg looks badass and I can only hope to be half as rad as her one day.”

The track has nods to acid rock, psychobilly and post-punk making her music equal parts nostalgia-drenched and future forward. A new take on something you’ve heard before and a tantalising taste of what she can bring.