Declan Welsh and the Decadent West – No Fun (Video Premiere)
Watch the video for No Fun, the latest single from Declan Welsh and the Decadent West
On 21 June Glasgow’s Declan Welsh and the Decadent West released No Fun, announcing at the same time that their long-awaited debut album, Cheaply Bought, Expensively Sold, would be released on 18 October via Modern Sky UK. Along with No Fun, the album is also set to feature previous singles Absurd and Different Strokes.
In terms of the music, No Fun is quite the opposite of what the title suggests. The single’s accompanying music video – which stars Derek Fun, Ken "Knuckles" Borlett, Chip Spliffington III and Dave Wanco – features some thrilling dance routines, and the four-piece appear to be having so much fun you kinda wish you were there.
Fresh from the band’s appearance at Glastonbury (“just actual played glastonbury what the utter fuck” they posted on Twitter shortly after their set), The Skinny are delighted to be premiering the video for No Fun which you can watch in the above YouTube player – click here if it's not displaying correctly.
Of the single, Welsh says: “No Fun is about the inflated self-importance of the kind of people who get full of it at a party and corner you to tell you about how they went on holiday and seen ‘the real Thailand’. It's about folk with no self-awareness. It's about people who think they are the kings of all banter because they put on a funny hat at 3am. It's about people who say the word sesh with no hint of irony. It's about people who say the word sesh ironically. It's about people who say the word sesh.”
For a band that cite post-marxist literature and Jimmy Nail as influences on their Facebook page, it’ll come as no surprise that when we asked Welsh about the inspiration behind the video he told us: “I want to say it’s an exploration of the human condition from the point of view of a machine experiencing consciousness having downloaded all of its memories directly from David Schwimmer, who created the very machine which would suck his life force.
“It is also almost shot for shot a thematic remake of Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet. We expect people to really connect with our truth here and to believe in the power of AI to become a force for good or evil in this workaday world. David Schwimmer has become a tech billionaire some time in the late 2030s in this scenario, but I feel that’s obvious from the opening shot.”
No Fun is out now; Cheaply Bought, Expensively Sold is out on 18 Oct via Modern Sky UK and available to pre-order here