The video for ‘Empty Chamber’, the latest single from Athens Georgia hard rockers Lullwater, captures the band in the studio, deep in performance. It’s a fly on the wall type view; they play the track filled with absolute conviction, and completely smouldering rage.
The scalding vocals of front man John Strickland have earned him a reputation as one of the best singers to come from Athens in decades. He’s also a formidable guitar player, and he’s the focus of the clip for ‘Empty Chamber’, shot by Roy Beatty. The song is from their third and most recent album, ‘Voodoo’, which has been produced by Jakob Herrman, known for his work with Anthrax, and Manimal, among others. The new record builds on the sound Lullwater establised on their 2015 album, ‘Revival’. They combine garage, punk, metal, blues, and downright classic Southern rock, whereupon they squeeze every single ounce they can out of each bar they play. ‘Empty Chamber’ is a cry for freeom, a roar of anguish; plenty of pain, yet a ton of joy.
In the video the camera pans around the recording studio, but returns over and over to Strickland, who with his lips pressed against the mic, looks somewhat possessed by the intensity of his own performance. You can’t not mention the rest of the band, who are equally passionate and committed to giving their all.
Superimposed over the footage of the band in action, we see outdoor scenes, which because they roar justify so quickly are quite abstract.
Check out more about Lullwater and their music on their official website.