Whilst Brisbane psych-peddlers Nice Biscuit celebrate the release of their brand-new EP Create Simulate via Believe Digital, they have also revealed their new video for the track ‘Candle’, the follow-up to last years ‘Fem Chem’.
Singer Billie Star explains that “this track mourns the loss of core knowledge destroyed by the killing and oppression of countless women during the burning times.” In homage to the powerful witch, Candle seeks to reframe the perception of this archetype, from evil sorcerer to revered healer and mother. “It is a song about women regaining their power through collectivism, creativity and inner work in order to lead us out of patriarchal dominance and into an age of equality,” adds Star. The track was recorded live and includes an amalgamation of past songs and riffs, pieces of a puzzle waiting to be put together. Each part of the song embodies a spell, a celebration and a heeded warning to learn from the mistakes of history.
The video for Candle was directed, edited and filmed by bassist, Nick Cavendish on Yuggera & Turrbal land and shot on Mini-DV. Although the song conveys a powerful and important message, the video adds an element of silly spookiness, which reflects the band’s light hearted DIY creative ethos. Featuring spinning household objects with dry ice, such as melting candles, tiny skulls and in silly cemetery and motorbike scenes, the video injects witchy elements without taking itself too seriously.
It’s a powerful nod to history and a brilliant accompaniment to one of the EPs best tracks.