Sad Night Dynamite Shares New Video For “Psychedelic Views”

Buzzy duo Sad Night Dynamite are back today with a video for their latest single “Psychedelic Views”, which features US rap star IDK and is available now on Elektra Records. The nearly five minute video directed by Jamie Whitby depicts a vivid trip from the perspectives of Archie and Josh as hallucinations unfold in an eery hotel room. The band released their debut, self-titled mixtape to widespread acclaim – and millions of streams – earlier this year, with their first ever UK tour announced for November (and selling out immediately). “Psychedelic Views” introduces Sad Night Dynamite’s second longer-form project, stay tuned for more news on that front.

“Psychedelic Views” is a further glimpse down the rabbit-hole of Sad Night Dynamite: that rare band truly making a world of their own, and one in which trap beats, Morricone-esque scores and an electric appearance from IDK (who’s previously collaborated with A$AP Ferg, Denzel Curry, and BJ The Chicago Kid) make total, surreal sense out of the absurdity of the present day. “During the first lockdown,” Archie and Josh write, “we fled London and set up camp in a disused pub near the village where we grew up. It’s safe to say we were not liked by the locals – they were one step away from coming for us with pitchforks, and you can imagine how well it went down when we stuck a Black and Trans Lives Matter sign in the window. Then a rat died under the floorboards and in a weird way it made us delirious. “Psychedelic Views” is the result – we were dreaming of another hotel, far away, somewhere in the sun – which is where the song is set.”

Equal parts light and shade, dystopia and fantasy, Sad Night Dynamite invite listeners to accept and celebrate that sense of not knowing quite where they are (in their records, or amidst the uncertainties of the world at large). Archie and Josh are a duo whose formative, somewhat feral upbringing near Glastonbury saw them first meet at school, but start Sad Night Dynamite whilst separated at university. Cut and pasting Logic files over email, something stuck with the experimental epic “Icy Violence”, which introduced the boys’ incredible way with production: today, influences range from Tyler, The Creator, The Specials and Outkast to lyrics laced with a distorted, fairground-mirror way with storytelling. As for whether they’re a) finding humanity in the horrors of the everyday, and using immersive imagery that pinpoints the beauty in brutality or b) banging out massive tunes and using their early visuals to drive a white stretch limo into a lake, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. “Sad Night Dynamite,” Archie concludes, “is a bizarre fantasy built on real experiences.”

Either way, embracing modern chaos has catapulted Sad Night Dynamite into the UK’s most essential new band. They have already earned fans in the likes of FKA Twigs, Gorillaz, Shy Girl, Ashnikko, and picked up support across Radio 1. As for Archie and Josh, their brotherly bond continues to intensify, and so therefore does the music set to follow “Psychedelic Views” on mixtape 2. “Our music is a hybrid of the best and worst parts of each of us,” Josh decides. “Which is a shame, really,” Archie adds, “because if you just took good parts of each of us you might come up with one quite decent person.”

Upcoming Tour Dates
11/24/2021 – Manchester, England @ YES (Pink Room) *sold out*
11/25/2021 – London, England @ Corsica Studios *sold out*
11/26/2021 – Bristol, England @ Rough Trade *sold out*
12/04/2021 – Toronto, Canada @ Drake
12/07/2021 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
12/08/2021 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
12/10/2021 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of The Hill
12/11/2021 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge *sold out*