London punks, TEAR, are on the verge of blowing up. Though the current lineup has only been together since May, the band is gearing up to release a new EP, having honed their particular brand of gritty goth rock. Their latest single, “The Sprawl,” is part post-punk ode to Los Angeles, part lovelorn ballad. The accompanying music video, directed by the band with Juju Sorelli, shows the band in a low-lit, dingy motel off Hollywood Boulevard.
“This song is inspired by Los Angeles and William Gibson books,” said lead singer/guitarist, Camille Benett. “The way LA is massive and overwhelming—you go up into the hills and look over the city and it feels endless—you don’t get that in London. But it’s also about being stuck in a relationship—just set to a sci-fi story in my head. We made the video with my friend, Juju Sorelli, at this weird old motel called the Hollywood Premiere. It’s kind of amazing—there’s a pool right on the side of the road that someone drowned in recently, and when you check in, they act like they really don’t want you staying there.”
TEAR is Benett, along with guitarist Ben Maier, bassist Jed Cullen and Eve Marie on drums. With rolling guitars, and Benett’s lusty vocals, “The Sprawl” is the authentic kind of rock ‘n’ roll missing from modern music—think Teenage Jesus & The Jerks-era Lydia Lunch with a little bit of Courtney Love.
Watch the BULLETT premiere of “The Sprawl,” below.