‘Weatherboard Man’ by Batpiss; dirge-rock matched to never before seen, haunting footage from Cyclone Tracy. A fitting match, indeed.
Culled from Batpiss’s forthcoming third record, their new single, ‘Weatherboard Man’ is a song of imposing guitars, dark timbres, and lethargic Australian vocals detailing the lack of right that Caucasians like myself have when standing on once Aboriginal land; a history of genocide and destruction inherited we from those whose bones have long decomposed into the dirt.
Guitarist Paul Pirie explains the sourced footage of the new music video, saying that “my Grandad had his old super 8 film rolls converted to digital, and amongst the family stuff is about 20 minutes of film he shot on Christmas Day 1974 in Darwin, the morning after Cyclone Tracy. What you see in the clip is what he saw driving around that morning, his Marlboro reds reflected on the windscreen and the carnage. We thought it nicely summed our fragile human existence. This footage of Cyclone Tracy has never been seen before.”
When you combine old super 8 footage of a 1970’s destroyed Darwin with the dark undercurrent and tone of Batpiss’s brand of fuzzy, heavily distorted rock, it’s a haunting experience. Seriously, how fucking creepy can old stuff be?
Anyway, check the new tune from this Melbourne trio below!
Suss out Batpiss’s upcoming live dates below, nerds:
Friday, March 17 – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave
Friday, March 31 – The Gaso, Melbourne w/ Harmony, Cable Ties & TV Haze
Friday, April 7 – Music Man, Bendigo
Saturday, April 8 – Karova Lounge, Ballarat (Tix on the door
Saturday, April 15 – The Loft, Warnambool (Tix on the door)
Sunday April 16 – Barwon Club, Geelong (Hola Fest)