With the release of their new album Punchbuzz a little over a month away, Husky today bring news of a national tour to fans and share the visionary video for their current single Ghost which premiered overnight via KCRW in the US.
Ghost has enjoyed a warm welcome into the world so far. It was premiered via triple j’s Veronica and Lewis along with Clash Music in the UK, and has since received airplay at triple j and double j, amongst a host of additions to Apple Music and Spotify playlists. The rhythmic, driving song sets the scene for Husky’s third album Punchbuzz, out June 2. Ghost follows popular first single ‘Late Night Store’ which has amassed just under 2.5 million streams on Spotify since its release last year as well as additions a number of notable playlists.
The impressive, cleverly animated video was produced by Melbourne production house Dropbear, and sees Husky and Gideon entering a dreamlike and surreal Day of the Dead inspired realm. Director Jonathan Chong was inspired by the song’s evocative lyrics.
The idea came from my interpretation of the song. I wanted to do something relating to ghosts and spirits and thought that a Day of the Dead theme would tie in nicely. The icons and imagery associated with the Day of the Dead festival are really colourful and bold, which gives the animation the vibrancy I was aiming for, whilst also having some dark undertones. It’s a celebration of the departed in a way that is joyous, rather than a morbid celebration. The clip is animated as though each frame has been made from cross-stitch or a Mexican textile. – Jonathan Chong, Dropbear
Shaped by the duo’s recent experiences, Punchbuzz sees the band swapping their signature folk sound for streamlined indie rock that lopes ahead with widescreen atmosphere, dark lyrics, and newly muscled melodies. Sharp, lean, and driving, the album more than lives up to the dynamic imperative of its title.
The Punchbuzz tour will see Husky perform in full band mode, taking the album’s multi-layered sounds to audiences in metro and regional locations nation-wide. The band’s smaller, east-coast run of shows at the tail end of 2017 all sold-out. Supporting Husky on the run will be Mackay based singer/ songwriter and triple J Unearthed alumni Tia Gostelow and up-and-coming Sydney based band Hot Spoke. Local songwriter Teischa will open for the band in WA. Tickets are on-sale now.
Punchbuzz is out June 2 and available for pre-order via www.huskysongs.com. It will be released via Embassy of Music (Bjork, Robyn, Asgeir) in the UK and Europe and through fellow indie Nevado Music in the US.