Brutus VIII is Jackson Katz from Slow Hollows making a solo turn toward the dark—or at least the dark blues and greys of a city emptied at night—and his debut A Hackney Pursuit is due out soon from locals Danger Collective. This sharp and even stark video for his "Japanese Candy" is deftly directed by Nicholas Rattigan of Surf Curse and Current Joys, whose distinctive work we featured earlier this year." /> L.A. Record

VIDEO PREMIERE: BRUTUS VIII “JAPANESE CANDY”

September 20th, 2018 | News

Brutus VIII is Jackson Katz from Slow Hollows making a solo turn toward the dark—or at least the dark blues and greys of a city emptied at night—and his debut A Hackney Pursuit is due out soon from locals Danger Collective. This sharp and even stark video for his “Japanese Candy” is deftly directed by Nicholas Rattigan of Surf Curse and Current Joys, whose distinctive work we featured earlier this year. His “Japanese Candy” video offers a refreshingly direct visual counterpart to a song balanced uneasily between beauty and desolation. Scott Walker comparisons are right on, despite (or because of?) the pop-adjacent production, and there’s a bit of Suicide’s analog/mechanical isolation, too. Says Katz:

“This project and record are a reaction to seeing and performing in many guitar-based punk, indie, and garage rock bands. I’ve become increasingly tired of seeing and hearing the same formulaic gritty guitar pop over the past few years. So the purpose of this record was to challenge myself to make something different, and hopefully offer something new to those audiences. I wanted to record a bedroom album that had different themes you wouldn’t typically hear on a record recorded that way, like anger, control, the apocalypse, etc.”

Adds Rattigan:

“In the context of Brutus VIII, a project founded on existential angst, ‘Japanese Candy’ is a love song floating in a sea of disdain. The video portrays an unmasking of the Brutus mythology, leaving only a relationship still plagued by aggression and cynicism.”

Keep an eye on Brutus VIII here, and watch for A Hackney Pursuit soon on Danger Collective!