A band with an odd sounding name will stick hard and fast in your memory. If their music is incredible as well, then that stickiness will be even more so. Snuttock are one of those sorts of bands. They’ve been around for two decades, and during that time they’ve endlessly experimented, and been inventive with their style. They’ve explored dark industrial sounds, wigged-out experiments, synth meltdowns, and the bleakest of mechanical imaginings, that nearly take you over the edge into madness. Their latest single, ‘Stay’, which is the first and title track from their upcoming album, is one part super-lavish Depeche Mode, and one part OMDs passion. The other parts are all the property of Snuttock alone.
‘Stay’ is the follow-up to their richly mesmerising fourth album, ‘Rituals Redux’. The double album was a display of just how flexible Snuttock can be; now they’ve taken what they learned from that album and applied it to ‘Stay’, already ensuring its place as the most varied album in their catalogue.
The music video for ‘Stay’ is directed by Ernie Mosteller, who has created a high spirited, yet quite creepy clip, which although it has a romantic theme, nonetheless has an overweening sense of danger about it. Mosteller and the band give nods to the circus, vaudeville, live radio, old fashioned (creepy) theatre, rock concerts, magic shows…and even an oil painting. In fact, some of the footage of the video plays in a digital frame. It’s the rose however, and a woman who is in many ways the personification of a flower, which holds centre stage in the video, and who leaves us in doubt as to whether she is actually in peril – or maybe she’s in command of it all.
Watch the video for ‘Stay’ below. You can find Snuttock online on their official website.