Frightened Rabbit side project Owl John have released the music video to "Hate Music," the lead single from their self-titled debut due August 4th. You can check it out above.
While the song is punchy and aggressive, the video -- directed by Storme Whitby-Grubb and Charles Wilson and shot by John Nodorft -- gives us discreet tension through mere expressions and body language in its scenes of a man and horses. Scott Hutchison, frontman of both Owl John and Frightened Rabbit, explains the imagery in a conversation with Interview Magazine:
In the last year, I felt very trapped. My mental and physical health were both suffering because of over-touring. I was committed to a tour, and I had to play the shows, but I didn't actually want to. It was damaging me in a lot of ways... I think the video is about the wish for an escape—to get away from the things that hold you down. Although it isn't referred to directly in the music video, this guy is escaping on his horse and getting away from the things that are bothering him.
If that tension bubbles in the video, it breaks out in the fist-clenched song, which sounds like the slow build up to a riot. You can check out our earlier coverage of "Hate Music," as well as the other singles released from the album, "Red Hand" and "Stupid Boy," here at Zumic. You'll get free downloads of those three songs and one more to follow when you pre-order Owl John via the band's website. For the latest Owl John news and tour dates, head to their website.