Flash Bang Band - "Spooky Action at a Distance" (video) (Premiere)

by Brice Ezell

27 April 2015

Pink-soaked absurdist visuals meet psychedelic rock in this delightful oddity from the Brighton, UK trio Flash Bang Band, "Spooky Action at a Distance".

“Spooky Action at a Distance”, a psychedelia-washed song by Brighton, UK’s Flash Bang Band, brings, well, a lot of things to mind. Although running at a brisk five minutes, there’s a great deal going on in this rose-saturated video hodgepodge, whose absurdity evokes the famed British comedy show The Mighty Boosh. (For those unfamiliar with the program, you might well know it as the home of the mysterious Old Gregg.) Suffice it to say, no matter how you take “Spooky Action at a Distance”, it’s an odd egg—but a good one, at that, and a fun little way to take a trip without ingesting any questionable substances.
The band says to PopMatters, “We make our videos ourselves; it’s turned into a bit of a thing now! We are quite opinionated about our art and music so when other people get involved it’s often a massive headache for them! We are pretty proud to be featured in PopMatters—our band is sometimes a bit of a cultural identity crisis, but over time we’ve seen that this is exactly the sort of people that pretty much make up our audience. Excellent and unique individuals they are, too.”

“Spooky Action at a Distance” is Flash Bang Band’s latest single; it follows the group’s 2013 debut Bite Your Tongue, which you can stream or purchase via Bandcamp below.

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