Premiere: Psychic Markers' new video for Hardly Strangers
Psychic Markers share their new video for Hardly Strangers exclusively with Coney's Loft.
We spoke to lead guitarist Leon, about the band, the future, the new video and the new record.
Where does the band name come from?
I used to work in a bookshop and one day this old hippy walked in and asked for a book on Psychic Markers. I had no idea what he was talking about but thought it sounded like a cool band name. He later explained to me that it was a concept in which we all have dormant psychic abilities and this was a way of finding out which ones they are, well that pretty much sealed the deal.
Any live shows coming up?
We’ve got some things in the works including a London album launch on the 8th of March at the Victoria in Dalston, cant wait.
What kind of synths did you use for the recordings?
A lot of the synth sounds on this album is from an Italian 70’s synth called a Siel Cruise. We were looking for something special just before we started recording; a particular french sound, like something Air would use, and came across this one.
There’s also a couple Casios', Juno’s and a Micro Brute.
How much input did you have in the overall production of the album?
Steve and I usually do the production on the records. For this album we got it to a point where it was pretty much done, then we handed it our buddy Iggy B, who also tracked lot of it, to weave his ‘magik' on it. What we ended up with is a cohesive balance of everyone's ideas.
Phaser drum fills on the track; Powerful People!? Who's idea was that, how did that come about?
Guilty! I had been listening to this 60’s french soundtrack by Pierre Bachelet called Histoire D’O It has a ridiculous amount of phasers on it, so we tried it out on the drum fills and liked it so it stayed.
The Hardly Strangers video, tell me about it's conception.
I used to provide live visuals for bands and have an extensive library of footage from self filmed, z grade films and archival/found footage. I re-edit, flip it and ‘psych' it out a bit.
There seems to be some serious sci-fi throwbacks towards the end of the video?
There is a bit of a sci-fi theme to it, but it’s mainly footage of a woman trapped and lost inside her own mind. Controlled by the psychic powers of a crazy witch.
Why is there two sets of car journey footage side by side in the middle of the video?
The footage is from a trip across the USA from a couple of years ago, and I have always liked the use of highways in films. The momentum. The idea of traveling across vast landscapes. The moon, it’s an instant vibe.
During this trip the Lower Dens album Twin Hand Movement had just been released, it was on high rotation in the van throughout this part of the trip. I thought the memories of that record had similarities to that part in Hardly Strangers.
The reason for two sets of journey's is well... Two's better than one?!
Their debut album, Hardly Strangers, is out 23 February and is available for pre-order through Bella Union.
The band also have a headline show 8 March at The Victoria in Darlston to celebrate the launch of the record.