Sextile share ‘Hazing’ video

Sextile press photo
Press Photo by David Fearn

Though on indefinite hiatus (oh no – that sucks), the L.A. punk/EBM band Sextile have shared the official video for Hazing. The track is lifted from Sextile’s new EP ‘3,’ which is available now via Felte.

About the video, Director Gabriel Francez told Post-Punk, “The video is about a dream. The idea was to represent the blurriness of it, where all of the perception is altered and images come one after the other. I imagined the dream being divided into three main levels separated by the red door, representing for the boy character a sign of escape. In each room he finds himself stuck in this surrealistic thriller and look desperately for the exit as the characters try to keep him in this crazy hallucination. It’s an odyssey within the dream where the character is tested by his subconscious.” 

Watch Hazing via YouTube below.

Since their inception in 2015, Sextile gained a devout following thanks to the seductive energy of their live shows and non-stop touring. The ‘3′ EP followed up their 2017 album ‘Albeit Living‘ and early 2018’s ‘Current Affair single released via Felte.

After numerous lineup changes, the now two-piece comprised of Brady Keehn and Melissa Scaduto have shifted toward a minimalist approach that’s as heavy hitting as ever. Now using only synths, they haven’t thrown out the guitars completely. ‘3’ was recorded in Los Angeles at their home and practice space using a KORG MS-10, a sequencer, a Fender Stratocaster, a LinnDrum, and various percussion instruments.

Finding inspiration in futurist writer Luigi Russolo’s “The Art of Noises,” the pair employs a sonic palette that mirrors the chaos of the modern industrial era. Sextile excels at regulating noise, whether the source is a percussive clang, guitar stab, synth trill, or Keehn’s militant vocals. Throughout ‘3,’ bursts of abrupt discord punctuate thumping rhythms and hypnotic bass sequences. While the appropriately titled Disco is a club-worthy opener, Spun delivers the signature Sextile sound with rowdy, squealing guitars. Last week, the band shared the video for the EP’s frenzied center-piece, Paradox.

‘3’ places the band’s sound somewhere between DAF and Gang of Four, but it’s that tinge of futurism and the observations of the current political climate that steer them right to the present. It’s the explosive sound of now – it’s punk that can hold down a dance floor.