Posted on December 17 2020
Taken from the French trio's second album 'Alien', released earlier this year on Fuzz Club
Earlier this year, the Rouen, France-based trio Servo released their second album ‘Alien’ on Fuzz Club Records; a collection of powerful noise that found a home between ritualistic, fuzzed-out psych-rock and gothic post-punk. Today the band are sharing an animated video for album track ‘Soon’, you can stream it below.
‘Soon’ is a blast of dark, murky noise-rock with two faces. The first half of the track is driven by forlorn, psychedelic guitars and ethereal, reverb-soaked vocals. Like the calm before the storm, however, the meandering, dream-like state is then continually interrupted as the song suddenly unfolds into distorted, cacophonous walls-of-noise. This duality is replicated on the new video, made by Clothilde Evide; beautifully-animated, pastoral landscapes where animals wander free are intermittently replaced by flashing images and those same animals stampeding through rising flames.
The changing environments seen in the video – flickering between serene natural beauty and a world engulfed in fire – echo the nihilistic, end-of-times despair that the song itself touches on. Talking about the story behind the single, Servo said: "‘Soon’, everything is over. A bunch of people have agreed to give up on their lives. They just wait for the end to come, wishing that those who are responsible for this massive wave of despondence will not remain clean and unpunished. It is a mixed feeling of despair and anger, represented by the different tones of voice in the song."
Comprised of Arthur Pierre (guitar/vocals), Louis Hebert (bass/vocals) and Hugo Magontier (drums/vocals), Servo have spent the last few years bringing their intense live-show – an assault of hypnotic noise and blinding flashes of light – to growing audiences around mainland Europe and the UK. With a string of singles, EPs and their 2016 debut ‘The Lair of Gods’ behind them, Servo signed to London-based label Fuzz Club for their second album ‘Alien’, released in May 2020.