Photo by Julie R Kane

“When a band changes direction musically it can very often be a moment where they either collapse, or it becomes a defining moment in their history. Not that Hey Colossus ever stray too far away from their original ethos, yet over the course of a few years they changed from heavy psychedelic noise rock to jagged post-punk and now, on new album The Guillotine, broodingly tuneful indie kids.” said our very own Martyn Coppack of Hey Colossus’ new album The Guillotine, released this Friday (June 2nd) through Rocket Recordings.. 

Ahead of that release we have the second video to be taken from the album for your viewing pleasure. 

“If the slapstick and self deprecating humour of previous video ‘Englishman’ was a drunken post-Brexit Britain folly, wryly poking fun at a mis-placed national identity of some kind, Potions is surely the morning after: the bleak, cold sweat, clutching-the-porcelain hangover of Albion: that sinking feeling of remembering where the night before went wrong. The video makes use of a Pub’s CCTV footage, a slow motion meditation on lairy booze fueled fisitcuffs. Almost an inverse to the work of video artist Mark Leckey who’s use of found footage captures the euphoria of British youth culture through the decades. The old boozer in Potions video on the other hand is the death knell of these youthful highs, the end of that bright dream of Britain: not big, not clever.

It hones in on that place we’re in where no one really knows what’s going to happen next, drowning our sorrows, drowning the rage at the current circumstances, with things spilling over after one too many. A line from the song summing this up all to well: ‘How these potions make up for a slow decline.'” say the band. Have a look for yourselves.

Hey Colossus launch the album, along with their very own brand of beer, next Thursday (8th June) at New River Studios in London. Details here.

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