OK Button – Flesh & Blood (Video Premiere)
Written and directed by Scottish BAFTA award winner Tim Courtney, watch the video for Flesh & Blood, the latest single from OK Button
Late last year, the already very polished sounding OK Button were, much to our delight, brought to our attention upon the release of their single The Message; with its gentle coos of ‘You motherfuckers won’t bring me down’ sung over rippling dark electronica and percussion, we were instantly hooked.
Beds then followed in November, and now they’re ready to unleash their next single, Flesh & Blood, seeing to it that 2019 starts off just as strongly as 2018 finished for the Scottish trio who have seemingly come from nowhere – although that’s not entirely true. Frontwoman Amber Wilson has previously toured as a vocalist with Bombay Bicycle Club and has been a session singer for Morcheeba, while Adam Falkner has previously drummed for One Eskimo and Babyshambles.
Completing the line-up is multi-instrumentalist Nassim Donald, and through working with writer/producer Craigie Dodds (Amy Winehouse, Gorillaz, Sugababes) it really comes as no surprise that the trio are as polished sounding in their infancy as they are.
The Skinny are delighted to be premiering the video for their latest single Flesh & Blood, which sees the band performing while surrounded by puppet-like people with fake smiles drawn on the their faces. The ‘puppets’ come to life during the first chorus as Wilson sings: ‘We only smile when we’re lying… / We’re too far gone to know how to stop / You can’t make this shit up / And it kills me’, and by the end of the song the three band members are tied up in blood red ropes. It’s a stunning visual metaphor for mental health and the power it can have over you.
"Flesh & Blood carries two threads of narrative around the effects of depression on both sufferers and those close to them," Donald tells us of the song. "It’s a story of loss and isolation, about losing your sense of self and gradually drifting further from those you love. [It] was written during a studio session in Wandsworth, providing bittersweet catharsis for the band, having personally experienced the struggles of living with depression.
"Written and directed by Scottish BAFTA award winner Tim Courtney, the video sees three cretinous monsters in suits toy with the band, manipulating their actions and tangling them up as they struggle to perform. The concept plays on the metaphor of influence and control, and the inescapable mental strains that love puts on us."
Watch the stunning video for Flesh & Blood in the above YouTube player (click here if it’s not displaying correctly).
Flesh & Blood is self-released on 18 Jan