“Fuck Off” is a somewhat departure from “Nightmare”, the first publicly available track off Grave Babies‘ debut Hardly Art EP, Gothdammit. Amidst a softly pleasant backdrop are slightly creepy, pseudo-surreal gothic images put forth by director Jordan Utley. The opening notes of the song are initially reminiscent of Bunkbed’s cover of Xiu Xiu’s “Fallen Angel II”, acting as the perfect opening tune for the new EP. After nearly two minutes, a beat kicks in, then guitars and finally vocals. This completes the cold wave circle.
I’m not sure why, but the video reminds me of the Black Dahlia case.
Grave Babies has an almost stoic quality to the music they create; in particular, the vocals. Yet the band manages to be heartbreaking and uplifting, terrifying and mystical, all at once. And there’s no better example of this ability than can be found on “Fuck Off”. It’s such a blatant, resounding title. Yet the song, by nature, is not nearly as abrasive as the title implies. It is, in fact, quite pleasant.
Listen to “Nightmare” and watch “Fuck Off” below:
“Nightmare” by Grave Babies