Human Worth are proud to present the stunning new album from Irish foursome Hands Up Who Wants to Die, featuring members of Shifting, No Spill Blood and Wild Rocket, with a portion of proceeds donated to charity.
And now, ‘Ludger Sylbaris’, the wild-eyed second single from album Nil All is here, and it’s accompanied by a cramped and roaming video by Gareth Thomas (USA Nails, The Eurosuite, ex Silent Front etc.) that perfectly captures the momentum of the song.
The lyrics inhabit a man in solitary confinement while a volcano levels a Caribbean town of 28,000 above his head. Ludger was the sole survivor. He managed to live through it by virtue of being an aggressive, belligerent drunk who was locked in a drunk tank on the day the volcano erupted. He later joined Barnem & Bailey’s circus as ‘the man who survived doomsday.’
The track aims to communicate the isolation and bloody mindedness of survival, grasping shadows at every turn. Desperation and longing while willing the devastation to persist. Vocal chords are shredded and there is a genuine struggle to get the words out. The music slinks between high frequency chaos and an ever deepening wonky trudge through the depths.
The band recorded clips for the video in a cavernous warehouse full of rehearsal studios while preparing their set for the Human Worth/Baba Yaga’s Hut all-dayer in January. These were sent to Gareth, who has the following to say about the video:
“The boys explained to me what the song was about, and I reflected on my own phobias of confined spaces and such. I figured I’d like to see the band navigating dark cramped underground passages and spiralling uncontrollably in anxious terror. I’m really pleased with how it’s come out; it’s chaotic and claustrophobic, and the lads give great Blair Witch.”
Available as a download and a limited edition vinyl, the record is being pressed in two stunning colour variations, and co-released by Human Worth in the UK, Sleeping Giant Glossolalia in the US and Fonoradar in Poland/EU, with 10% of the proceeds from Human Worth’s sales going to MASI.ie – an organisation demanding justice for asylum seekers in Ireland stuck in the devastating system of ‘direct provision.’
Nil All will be released on March 3 2023, and can be pre-ordered here.