Video Premiere: The Datsuns ‘Gold Halo’
News posted Monday, September 17 2012 at 10:00 AM.
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It’s only fitting that a song engineered to mercilessly run you down in the thick of night should get a clip depicting that and more. We’re talking about ‘Gold Halo’, the new single from New Zealand’s The Datsuns. Shot in Queenstown last winter, director Sam Kristofski’s grindhouse-esque creation packs a flurry of flickering horror iconography, complete with mad scientist and remote cabin in the woods. Watch also for a few helpful subtitles and the sudden introduction of snow.
Making its world premiere on M+N, ‘Gold Halo’ is the lead single from The Datsun’s fifth album Death Rattle Boogie, following the free advance track and opener ‘Gods are Bored’. As relentless as ‘Gold Halo’ may be, its weedy guitar soloing and other outsized rock ‘n’ roll signifiers don’t forecast the meditative stretch that comes three-quarters of the way in.
Out Oct. 12 in Australia and New Zealand through Hellsquad/MGM, Death Rattle Boogie arrives exactly 10 years after the band’s blockbuster self-titled debut. It’s also their first since 2008’s Headstunts. Recorded half at lead singer Dolf De Borst’s Gutterview studios in Sweden and half at Neil Finn’s Roundhead studios in Auckland, the album was self-produced by the band and yet engineered in Sweden by former Hellacopters frontman Nicke Andersson.
Of the clip, The Datsuns write: “We used double layers of woman’s stockings over the lens to give that old soft look. They used the same technique in ’40s films to make women look more beautiful. The main inspiration was ’50s horror films. It’s very Hitchcock-inspired; we even replicated the shower shot from Psycho.”