C O L T S
Written by Chris Langenberg
C O L T S are a band that were really making a lot of noise pre-Covid19 lockdowns. You may have seen them playing shows around Brisbane alongside WAAX, Major Leagues, Mermaidens or at Mountain Goat Valley Crawl or Yonder. Featuring members from WAAX, YELLOWCATREDCAT, Pleasure Symbols, Finance, Average Art Club,
Bcharre, FeelsClub and Rattus Rattus, it feels like we have known the band forever. But with only 3 singles under their belt, the sky is the limit for the ever-expanding, eclectic conglomerate that is C O L T S.
Today we are premiering the video for their latest offering November. Following the trajectory of their first two singles, January and August, November provides a much darker, grittier insight into the band’s dense repertoire, emphatically encapsulating the intensity of their energetic live performances.
Once more teaming up with producer, Brock Weston, November returns us to C O L T S’ signature brand of heavy hitting dream-rock; the hard-panned guitars duelling for attention, reinforced by the driving methodical rhythm section and peppered with sparkling keys. It wouldn’t be C O L T S without repetitive chanting gang vocals and November does not disappoint; layered thickly from start to finish with multiple melodies and hooks that command the dynamic intensity with surprising precision, resulting in what could be their catchiest tune to date.
As the third chapter in their Calendar Collective series, the band have again directed the lyrical content towards matters deeply personal to them, this time focusing on mental health. November highlights the struggle of depression, self-loathing and suicidal intentions. The lyrics are drenched in imagery both literal and figuratively that sway back and forth through anecdotal storytelling. C O L T S juxtapose the blatancy of phrases such as ‘you long to be nothing more’ with metaphors of shadows and pathetic fallacy of the weather. The chanted refrain of ‘I can grow but I can’t change’ ties together the overall theme of hopelessness while the increasingly layered and discordant vocal parts provides a disturbing accurate representation of dissociation.
Director Mungo Heath describes, "The video clip visualises depression and self doubt within the several vignettes. We see a stagnate and mundane reality contrasted against the emotionally driven inner thoughts of our protagonist. The track resonated well and instantly evoked emotional and visual thoughts which shaped the video you see here. It is always hard to talk about and convey these sorts of emotions but I hope this clip does the topic justice and perhaps helps someone watching feel better or understand what they’re currently dealing with."
Check out the new video below and be sure to stream in to the band's live stream set this Sunday. Details via their Facebook.