Belfast band New Pagans have released ‘Find Fault With Me’, their first new music since the release of their debut album The Seed, The Vessel, The Roots and All earlier this year. Mixed by Sam Petts Davies (Radiohead, Frank Ocean, Red Hot Chilli Peppers), the track arrives with an accompanying video directed by bassist Claire Miskimmin. Watch and listen below.
Lead vocalist Lyndsey McDougall said of the new single in a stateman: “It feels like lots of people have had a really hard time over the last few years, dealing with various forms of personal stress and collective aggravation. This song is about checking in with each other and recognising when someone around you needs support. Although the song emerges with a heavy heart, it concludes with a chorus of elevated voices [singing] ‘I’ve got you’ and New Pagans has always been about more than just the music, it’s about building a community who look out for each other and take action when they need to.”
Commenting on the video, Miskimmin added:
When it comes to making the videos we usually have an improvised, see what happens on the day kind of attitude. However, knowing we were working with Dave / Macker Films put a bit more pressure on me to come up with something solid and not have Dave wandering about the Irish countryside with me while I draped fabric off rocks and trees! Dave is an absolute treat to work with, he just gets it. The video came to me fully formed, as luck would have it, over coffee one morning and I immediately had it story-boarded and sent to the rest of the band with a request to sharpen their acting skills.”
It’s a fairy tale set in our own New Pagans folk horror universe, pitting two cults against each other. The adults represent greed, decadence and violence. They will fight each other to the death for the trove of riches, but are usurped by the children watching from the sidelines. They are not so innocent as they’ve slipped a little poison in our drinks. Kind of like Hansel & Gretel pushing the witch into her own oven. Harsh, but we deserved it.