Brighton born trio Strange Cages recently released their sinister, hypnotic ep “Cracks” through Vallance Records featuring psychedelic rhythms and surf rock riffs, and was highly praised by the likes of NME, Q Magazine and Clash Magazine.
The band have been on a constant progression path, supporting amazing bands like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and being heavily supported by NME and The 405, especially on their first two singles.
The band recently released a music video for their track “The Cracks”, an oddball song filled with paranoid instrumentals and sleazy schizophrenic vocals, a very garage rock style punk song unlike anything else on the scene right now.
Unfortunately, the music video is a bit of a repetitive bore, with lazy camera work and poor editing, saying this, the first minute or two of the video gives off an almost claustrophobic vibe with an atmosphere that doesn’t take itself too seriously, making for some interesting visuals sure to intrigue viewers.
While some parts of the video are done very well, such as the hypnotic devilish section where the band members perform a chant like bridge with pale makeup and slow flashing red lights, for the most part you’re mainly going to be watching the vocalist stumble around a small room with little progression for 5 minutes.
Critique out of the way, Strange Cages is a unique gem of a band you should definitely keep your eyes on, Brighton is bringing out a lot of competition on the scene and Strange Cages might just be the winning band.
You can catch the band live at these dates:
17 July – Brighton – Hope & Ruin
21 July – Oxfordshire – Truck Festival
Words by Sam Harris