Retina-jarring visuals and grimy, thickly layered shoegaze come together in Surrender the Spirit's "Hard Enough".
If "visual whiplash" is an actual medical condition, prepare yourself: you're likely to end up with it after watching the ear- and retina-rattling video for the Brooklyn-based Surrender the Spirit's new video, "Hard Enough". The video is the well-executed marriage of thick, layered shoegaze and eye-popping visuals. The band, comprised of Johnny Rauberts and Kristen Sonntag, are a refreshing break from the easy shoegaze trend of aping My Bloody Valentine ad nauseam; as "Hard Enough" makes clear, this duo knows how to bring some real aggression to their textural take on rock.
Surrender the Spirit puts it simply to PopMatters, "'Hard Enough' is about the power of people's feelings to create reality, and how if you believe in something enough, it can become true."
Surrender the Spirit are readying a new EP, Premonition, for a yet-to-be-determined release date.