Johnny Hunter Photograph
Check out the new video...

Australia four-piece Johnny Hunter have a deep bond with London.

The band's brooding, bass-slung, post-punk style cites many of the UK city's greats, while moving in a lane of its own.

New single 'Life' features those bass spasms to great effect, while the crystalline synths add layers of colour and nuance.

The seething vocal aims to find a way to navigate this sink or swim existence, with Johnny Hunter pushing back against the pressures of the everyday.

Lead singer Nick Hutt explains...

“Inspired by the moral dilemma I faced pulling beers for alcoholics to sustain a week to week pay cheque that was almost always whimsically spent on alcohol for myself. These people were dying right in front of my eyes (some did die) and I was joining them.”

“Life is not found in the darkness of the night, nor is it found in selfish ideals. It lies in the balance of the new day and how we approach our imperfections to bring balance to ourselves. The answer to ‘The Floor’, an ultimatum proposed to the self, to change or die, to sink or swim.”

Filming the video placed Johnny Hunter with a unique challenge. Deciding to shoot the clip in a British pub, the ongoing lockdowns in Australia meant they couldn't travel.

Speaking to a creative team remotely, the video was shot in East London's Moth Club and successfully taps into the core of the song.

Directors Simon Allen + SillaTape comment:

“There’s a real understanding between us and the band about how to bring their vision to life. We've blended frustration and freedom throughout the music video - pairing the despondency of a sorrowful boozer with the possibilities of the world and, by extension, LIFE itself."

Tune in now.

-

Join us on VERO

Join the Clash mailing list for up to the minute music, fashion and film news.