“‘Blood’ was inspired by an image that I saw of a dark room full of people, with only one person shrouded in a red light,” Kimi Shelter, vocalist/guitarist of Atlanta’s StarBenders explains. “It made me think of running into a past love after not having seen them for a while. Their taste never left your mouth and you feel attached to them telekinetically as they move around the room. After seeing them, the obsession intensifies to the point of utter restlessness.”
The band got an assist on the song, which was recorded at Glow in the Dark Studios in Atlanta, from the studio’s ghosts, she says. “They lent their own contribution of eeriness onto the track.” It’s an eeriness that you can feel throughout the song.
The space lent an other-worldly touch to the video as well. “Inevitably, we wanted to shoot the video there as well. Our Institution Records label mate and friend, Brooklynn, was able to make an appearance on the keys. The camera spins around the room, never settling on one subject. This is a metaphor to the disorienting nature of love and obsession.”
StarBenders’ Heavy Petting is out May 31st on Institution Records.
photo: Christian Cody