SUPPORT FOR PREVIOUS SINGLE ‘MASSIVE CHECKS’
“Ragged and brash stuff from KAI CULT, I’m feeling it in every pore of my body.”
– Declan Byrne – triple j (AUS)
“It’s another masterclass in unhinged, eccentric punk.”
– Hysteria Magazine (AUS)
“Delivering a chaotically warped and colourfully explosive new video that’s a fiery reminder of the debt-riddled dystopian world we’re currently living in.”
– ABC’s Rage (AUS)
Video added to rotation on ABC’s Rage
Following on from his critically praised single ‘Massive Checks’, Melbourne-based DIY post-punk artist KAI CULT has just unveiled his latest idiosyncratic cut ‘Cigarette Burns’ – produced by the artist himself and mixed by Ashwin Rao from the Singaporean Garage Rock band Knightingale.
The track is two and half minutes of frenetic punk rock, opening with uncompromising drums, fierce guitars and KAI CULT’s striking lead vocals. Intense melodies mix with deftly produced instrumentation to build to the song’s anthemic, gung-ho choruses, before careering towards its wholly satisfying ending.
KAI CULT talks about the inspiration behind ‘Cigarette Burns’:
“The track reflects on mixed feelings while going through tough times, sometimes it may seem like things are okay but deep down they may not be. I set out to capture the mental extremes of what society is undergoing currently in the pandemic.”
To coincide with the release, KAI CULT will also reveal an accompanying music video, directed and edited by the artist himself and shot by friend Sam Van Munnen. The clip was shot across various Melbourne locations, including cobblestone side-streets, beautiful parks and a rooftop carpark in the heart of Brunswick. Taking inspiration from alternative rap artists Death Grips, Yung Lean and Clams Casino, the video features hazy film grain, VHS layers, and bold RBG colour inverts. KAI CULT adds “with the clip, my drummer Darcy and I wanted to show how much fun we have hanging out and playing music with each other, and also show viewers that you don’t need a huge budget to make a fun video, just a keen eye and also to exhibit some colourful personality!”
Previous single ‘Massive Checks’ was embraced by triple j Unearthed and Australian community radio stations 2SER, 4ZZZ, Radio Adelaide and 2XX FM. The track also received support from Australian blogs Hysteria Magazine, Heavy Mag and The Soundcheck, and the accompanying video clip was added to Rage and featured as their esteemed Wild One of the week.
‘Cigarette Burns’ is available worldwide now
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