SKEGSS embrace Viking lore in video for lairy new single 'Valhalla'

The surf-punk trio also reveal details for new album Rehearsal, out on 26th March via Loma Vista Recordings.
Posted: 27 January 2021 Words: Tom Curtis-Horsfall

Aussie trio SKEGSS are back with new single 'Valhalla' alongside details of their impending sophomore album Rehearsal on out on 26th March via Loma Vista Recordings.

The video for the fourth single from their upcoming full-length sees the band in full Norse attire, channelling Viking lore in their typically humorous fashion.

Garage-punk bands are more often than not associated with snarl and a laissez faire attitude to life, but 'Valhalla' touches on a deeper perspective that singer Ben Reed has been incorporating of late: "Well I learnt more about Valhalla through watching ‘The Last Kingdom’ and it got me brainstorming about the ideology of it, and thought how sometimes in our life we have moments that are pretty perfect—as perfect as what you’d want the idea of your own nirvana to be."

Speaking about Rehearsal, Reed talked of weighing up his career in music with his day job, and the risks that come with it: "“I was pretty scared that I was going to lose my job at a brewery because I was spontaneously taking off for gig opportunities. I remember talking to Farmer Greg, who used to come in to get the wheat malt for his cows. He used to work for 60 Minutes, filming on the helicopter and shit. He asked what I got up to and I downloaded my predicament to him and he goes: ‘Do it. This is no rehearsal. You go for that, you can do this later.’ I fully needed to hear that”.

Check out the video below:

Frequent collaborator Jack Irvine once again created the woozy, lurid artwork for the single (below). The cult artists has recently garnered notoriety for working with the likes of Billie Eilish and Troye Sivan:

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