In just one blistering minute and forty-two seconds, Reno, Nevada hardcore post-punk band Spitting Image packs a wallop with their intense, disturbing new video for “Black Box.” The single comes off the band’s upcoming debut album, Full Sun, out in February via Slovenly Recordings.
Lead vocalist Austin Pratt (vocals), Julian Jacobs (guitar), Jack Scribner (bass), and Donovan Williams (drums) shred their way through this fast-paced number with the ferocity of Fugazi, Ice Age, Hot Snakes, and Ceremony.
The video is as primal, vicious, and unrelenting as the song, referencing the visuals from Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” in a few fleeting moments. We witness the manic, hungry protagonist descends into a feverish madness. It leaves us wondering, just what WAS in that deviled ham?
Spitting Image formed in 2012 within the underground Reno DIY music scene, highlighting a culture derived from cramped rows of record shops, a slew of B-grade sci-fi/horror flicks, noise rock/hardcore punk shows, and the tail-end fallout of the 2007 market crash. The band’s early efforts on Casino Trash Records won the quartet accolades from the underground press and support slots for Ceremony, Shannon & The Clams, Sheer Mag, VR Sex, Iceage, Surf Curse, Spiritual Cramp, and more.
Full Sun, Spitting Image’s first LP, was recorded by Tim Green (Nation of Ulysses & The Fucking Champs) at Louder Studio in Grass Valley, CA. In addition to the digital release in February, a vinyl/cassette release is slated for April. The album marks a new era for Spitting Image as the LP ends a period of evolution for its members, as they navigate a post-pandemic world. During their physical separation the band kept the dream alive. Pratt summarizes the band’s new chapter as “Same name, Same People, New Music.”
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