After a three-year wait, last week Greece’s “drone’n’roll” act Mechanimal (Giannis Papaioanou, Freddie Faulkenberry) returned with the new song & video “Easy Dead,” the A-side off their new EP “White Flag Single” (out on June 21st). Now Athenian’s scene pioneers, Mechanimal are offering a new clip for their new EP’s single “Red Mirror”.
With the White Flag Single, which prepares the release of their fourth album, Mechanimal are closing the cycle of a revealing journey that began with the industrial dystopian landscapes of their first homonymous album back in 2012, entered a post-punk electro track with Secret Science in 2014 and boldly delivered to Delta Pi Delta’s flawed crack in 2016.
The two new songs of White Flag Single do not raise the white flag that states an unconditional surrender but the one that sets the end of all personal, social, secular warfare of the past. In Easy Dead, the world’s innocent history is written from the outset – as a warning for the future, and in Red Mirror the only force for survival is revealed: the one that takes the form of a redemptive disaster with the sole purpose of starting everything from scratch.
The theatrical vocals – a trademark of Mechanimal’s collaboration with Freddie Faulkenberry – meet guitar distortion (by Jimmy Polioudis on Easy Dead and George Theofanidis on Red Mirror), just at the point where shoegazing breaks the precious repetitive materials of motorik drone n ‘roll, which Mechanimal has defined with each one of their short or long stories, over a decade that, if had they not existed, would seek them out as its most sophisticated soundtrack.
The artwork of the single is based on an idea by Angelica Vrettou. The video of Red Mirror is directed by John Karabelas.