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Video Of The Week #125: CHROMA – See Me In The Dark

Today we are sharing the latest video from Welsh three piece Chroma, ‘See Me In The Dark’, a collaborative effort between the band and the Trigger Happy Creative, you can watch it above.

Released on July 26th this new single follows the highly regarded Popty Ping 7” single ‘Girls Talk/ Nos Da Susanna’ released last year.

Produced, mixed and recorded by Charlie Francis, (REM, Future Of The Left, Manic Street Preachers) ‘See Me in the Dark’ is an incendirary track that boasts an even more explosive sound from the band. A slow build results in a huge pop crescendo like a burning molotov coctail, that showcases Katie Hall’s fiery and frenetic vocals, intricate drum work, and an epic guitar solo.

With ‘See Me in the Dark’ Chroma tease the notion of respecting faith without engaging with it, using social commentary as a vessel for formidable lyrics. Utilising macabre connotations combined with an underlying femininity that sets them apart from their rivals, vocalist Katie Hall says: “I am someone who is very interested in other people’s views about life and the world around us. I totally respect anyone has found solace in God, I suppose this song is about removal and perspective when considering faith.”

The song is based on a memory of going to a friends church to hear a talk by an ex addict. My mother let me go as she thought it would scare me stiff. I did feel scared, I was scared of going to hell. Scared of what that meant. I have been raised without faith. I am someone who is very interested in other people’s views about life and the world. I totally respect anyone has found solace in God. I guess ‘See Me In The Dark’ is for that guy who made me vow to God when I was 10 that I would never sin again and then I would start with a clean slate. Sorry man, I lied.”

The accompanying video taps into the religious themes in the song as the band play in red infront of a burning fire, while a mysterious female figure dances amongst the flames. It reminds one of the film the Wickerman.

Hailing from the valleys the bilingual trio CHROMA have been setting festivals alight for the last few years with their brand of punk rock that seers somewhere between the early work of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the incendiary feminist riot grrl sound of Bikini Kill and Katie Hall’s stage roaming antics.

CHROMA were also announced as one of the grant supported artists for the 2019 PRS/ Live Nation ReBalance Program, benefitting from studio residency with a high profile recording producer and a Festival Republic / Live Nation live slot. With slots at Green Man Festival and Swn scheduled for later this year, CHROMA look set to continue their exciting trajectory with an action packed last twelve months.

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