Fresh from a run of July tour dates and festival appearances, London-based international acid rockers SWEDISH DEATH CANDY are pleased to reveal a trippy psychedelic video for latest single ‘Modern Child’ which is out now.
Commenting on the new video, director/animator Paddy O’Hara said: “The idea was to use the child’s eye as a portal between reality and his subconscious, a theme inspired by the track’s opening lyric: ‘Do what your mind’s eye shows you’. The child’s eye is scared, lost and alone in what is an abstract take on the human mind. It is dehumanising and seemingly never-ending; the feeling of being trapped in your own thoughts.”
The band recently announced that their second album, Are You Nervous?, will be released later this year on 27th September 2019 via Hassle Records. The album is available to preorder now, with separate limited colour vinyl pressings available via the band’s official store and independent
Alongside the album, the quartet also recently revealed a huge run of live appearances including extensive EU tour dates and festival appearances, and a November 2019 run of UK headline tour dates, including their biggest London headline show to date at The Moth Club on 13th November.
Lead single ‘Modern Child’ is a track about an orphaned child born in the future to robot carers, that weaves frontman Louis Perry’s disparate interests together perfectly, illustrating how taking a creative approach to storytelling on the new record allowed him to examine topics from multiple perspectives.
“I’m a sci-fi fan,” says Perry, “and for me the best science fiction is generally a social commentary based in a futuristic universe. I feel like we’re living in that time. We aren’t far from the future that a lot of the classic sci-fi novels refer to. This story doesn’t feel that far fetched considering how large of an effect technology has on the youth of today,” Perry continues to reason. “My six year old sister can use computers and tablets like it’s second nature. The internet has had a huge influence on our upbringing, and even I can’t imagine what a modern child’s perception of technology is, considering that they’ve never lived without it.”
Recorded with Tobin Jones and assistant engineer Lucas Mendez at The Park Studios in Wembley, Are You Nervous? is a deeper delve into the band’s sprawling cultural influences than they’ve ever committed to tape before. Whilst retaining their core psych-sound, there’s a heaviness to SDC that seems latent within the band; gut-twisting, rolling riffs, dripping in distortion, ooze naturally from their skin like psychoactive substances from a toxic frog.
The record has received rave reviews from Powerplay Magazine, PROG, Classic Rock, Louder Sound, Planet Rock Radio, and Kerrang! Global Creative Director/MOJO contributing editor Phil Alexander. Rounding out the end of last year with three exhaustive months of European touring, SDC kicked off 2019 on a short stretch of dates with Dutch psych rockers DeWolff, and an extensive run of dates supporting Nashville rock band All Them Witches, with appearances at Raw Power Festival, Sonic Whip Festival, DesertFest Berlin, and more.
Swedish Death Candy live dates:
Saturday 7th – Potsdam, Rock am Loschteich
Thursday 26th – Den Bosch, Willem Twee
Friday 27th – Den Haag, Zwarte Ruiter
Sunday 29th – Groningen, Plato Planet
Saturday 5th – Southsea, Dials Festival
Wednesday 23rd – Cologne, MTC
Thursday 24th – Leipzig, Ilses Erika
Friday 25th – Hamburg, Hafenklang
Sunday 27th – Dresden, Groovestation
Tuesday 29th – Munich, Milla
Wednesday 30th – Nurnberg, Z-Bau
Thursday 31st – Ulm, Kradhalle
Wednesday 6th – Brighton, The Prince Albert
Thursday 7th – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
Friday 8th – Manchester, YES Basement
Saturday 9th – Bristol, The Lanes
Wednesday 13th – London, Moth Club
Friday 15th – Aldershot, West End Centre
Saturday 16th – Leeds, Headrow House
Sunday 17th – Sheffield, Record Junkee
Wednesday 27th – Nantes, Scene Michelet
Thursday 28th – Bordeaux, Rock School Barbey
Friday 29th – Paris, Espace B
Saturday 30th – Lyon, Le Sonic