NARCS Bemoan Working-Class Britain in Bloodstained 'Raus!' Video: Exclusive Premiere
U.K. noise-rockers NARCS have nothing to celebrate in their bloodstained video for new single “Raus!,” premiering Monday (Nov. 6) on Billboard.
Built upon a menacing drum-and-bass groove and massive slabs of guitar feedback, “Raus!” ruminates on the misery and mundanity of working-class life in post-general election Britain. The video chronicles a day in the life of a blue-collar worker who finds himself in a squabble with his partner, and then cuts to him sprawled across the floor in a pool of his own blood. The footage is interspersed with ominous silhouettes of a robed figure holding a flaming torch, striking an effective balance between gory and ghostly.
“‘Raus!’ as a song was a long, drawn out process to make something coherent out of a whole host of churning, grinding grievances we had about the way things were for us, as individuals and as a country,” guitarist Joe Angus says. “We were listening to a lot of The Fall and Girl Band at the time, so we made absolutely no effort to make it fun or abide by any sort of received pop structure.”
“Raus!” originally appeared on NARCS’ sophomore album, 2016’s A Thinking Animal, which the Leeds quartet released on hometown indie label Clue Records.
Watch the “Raus!” video below.