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Wrongchilde (Kill Hannah's Mat Devine) and Saint Starlie Share Chilling 'Hold Me Now' Video: Exclusive

Wrongchilde
Dirk Mai

Wrongchilde

Singer-songwriter Mat Devine, formerly the frontman of the band Kill Hannah, has shared the video for his latest song “Hold Me Now” exclusively with Billboard.

Released under his moniker Wrongchilde and alongside The Atomics’ Saint Starlie, the stripped-down ballad, which the pair wrote together with just an acoustic guitar, is both haunting and heartbreaking, and was inspired by a drive in the dark the pair had taken earlier that day.

“For some reason that day we dove right into the dark end and started exploring some shadowy spaces that maybe you’d normally run from,” Devine tells Billboard. “I’m a lifelong superfan of Red House Painters, and my favorite [Spotify] playlist right now is Melancholia. Ironically I get energized by those songs, no matter how morbid, because what they are saying isn’t bullshit. It’s specific and real and vulnerable and refreshing.”

Keeping in theme with the idea of morbidity, the Rick Wayne-directed video was partially filmed at the mausoleum at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, as Devine was drawn to the “stunning” geometry of it.

The video was also shot at a cottage in Laurel Canyon owned by Devine’s friend, musician Chase Cohl, where he and Starlie were joined by a furry costar. “It was my first time on a set with an actual wolf,” he adds. “She was sweet but also really intimidating. It was also cool and humbling to be reminded that we aren’t always at the top of the food chain.” 

Wrongchilde’s debut solo album Gold Blooded was released in 2014, and featured duets with My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, M83/White Sea’s Morgan Kibby and VersaEmerge’s Sierra Kusterbeck.

Watch the video for “Hold Me Now” below.

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