FLASH BANG BAND – Spooky Action At A Distance

By Jordan Mooney.

Our favourite music video of the month is undoubtedly Flash Bang Band‘s ‘Spooky Action At A Distance.

Fuzzy video, pink and white colour schemes… and a balloon animal romping about the place on a wire. The entire video is an utterly charming – if somewhat unhinged – love letter to that nondescript, possibly even non-existent period of pop-culture weirdness during the 70s and early 80s – shooting your intrepid reporter straight back to the era of red leather and Rocky Horror. Which is weird, because he was born about twenty years too late to bloody see it.

Climb on your Vespa, strap up your union jack flags on the rear rack and hang a mink’s tail on for good measure. It’s about as authentically bizarre as it gets.

The song itself is a marvellous bit of escapism. The vocals are wonderfully authentic in that they veer towards the illegible (maybe my attention is being drawn by that big pink holey domino…thing), but on the flip side they are being produced by Andy Halliday in blue make up and a handlebar moustache. Although I suspect it’s actually more blue make up. Damn it Halliday, it’s a good look for you. Get that shit grown.

The track covers the idea of being led astray by somebody you trust, and being hit by a buzz as a result. Is it drugs? Is it booze? Is it the feeling of simply being somewhere new and terrifying? Is it as simple as eating your first full packet of Party Rings? That is up to the listener.

Never lacking in inventiveness and continuously providing over copious levels of entertainment – it’s another video from the Brighton group that’s bound to bring a smile to even the weariest of faces.
(Let’s not forget, this is the band that went and did a gig on a bus. They’re bloody brilliant.)

The Spooky Action At A Distance single MP3 is being released on the 31st of July 2015. Until then, there’s plenty on Flash Bang’s Bandcamp for your leisure..!

About the author

Compulsive hat wearer, eccentric, fan of all things audio-visual, part time Goth, historian, and railway enthusiast, Jordan is the closest you can get to everybody's weird uncle. Except he's less than 60 years old.

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