Premiere: Gaspar Sanz release a "surreal and abstract" clip for Meanderthal
Featuring Tame Impala ex-pat Sam Devenport, the Sydney rockers team their latest single with colourful, half-animated visuals.
Sydney crew Gaspar Sanz are an act you might not be too familiar with - expected, considering they've only got a couple of tracks and an EP under their belt - but with their latest single and first for 2019, Meanderthal, it's obvious that they're going to be big. The east-coast-via-Perth ensemble, which include Tame Impala ex-pat Sam Devenport, carry this exciting, but focused sound, mixing influences in everyone from The Jungle Giants to The Hives as they match catchy vocals and playful melodies with a unique, nostalgic twist that sees them borrow themes and styles from the alt-rock high-risers of the 90s and early 00s; something you can really hear in their first track for the year. It's thumping but fun at the same time, with bright hooks meeting charging guitar riffs and steady percussion as Sam explains its deep lyrical theme: "Everyone has their own version of reality within themselves. This song is about trying to better understand what another person may be experiencing, and then trying to process it within your own reality. Ultimately it's about the dualistic nature of empathy and confusion."
Today, however, we premiere the single's official video clip, which adds a surreal twist to an otherwise quite steady single before they play a selection of east-coast shows over the next month or so (full dates below). The video is somewhat larger-than-life - part-animated, part-band footage, part-drawn à la A-Ha's infamous Take On Me video - while Gaspar Sanz plays over the top. "We worked with our friend Elle Harris on the video for Meanderthal," says vocalist Jimmy Bell on the video. "We wanted it to be super surreal and abstract, a little like life chucking everything at you all at once while everything is passing you by. Elle did all the character animations, and then Jimmy and Jesse edited and formulated a video around it. We went into this wanting to create fun and energetic imagery to match the song's full-on sound, leaving people to question everything as nothing more than a Meanderthal." Watch the clip below, and grab those dates underneath:
Sunday 28 April – Y&O Sundays – North Wollongong Hotel - Wollongong, NSW
Friday 3rd May 2019 - Yah Yah’s – Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th May 2019 - The Bird – Perth, WA
Friday 17th May - Byron Bay Brewery – Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 18th May – TwAnG! @ The Zoo – Brisbane, QLD
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