Following the release of their recent single ‘Dancing Out In The Dark’ Croydon New-Wave-Disco-Punks Bugeye are back with the track’s accompanying music video on 8th December.
Directed and written by Laura Jean Marsh, the video invites us into the amusing, eccentric, and ingenious realm that defines Bugeye. Encapsulating the 90s nostalgia embodied in the song, each band member showcases their comedic acting prowess in various roles, mirroring the playful spirit reminiscent of the late 90s/early 00s (think Foo Fighters’ Learn to Fly or Blink 182’s First Date).
Staged in a vintage working men’s club, the ‘Dancing Out In The Dark’ video unfolds around a talent show of diverse acts, all skillfully performed by Bugeye in front of a notably sparse audience (quite the contrary to the band’s electrifying live-shows). From miming and ventriloquism to self-portrayal as Bugeye, the quartet capture the essence of a quirky variety performance while cleverly satarising TV talent shows. As the video unfolds, a cast of characters come to life, featuring an EastEnders-style landlord/landlady duo, a drunk Elvis impersonator and a female judge who bears striking resemblance to Sharon Osbourne. However, a surprising and dark twist takes place during the final act as a disgruntled participant, dissatisfied with the outcome, seeks revenge on the judges, introducing an unexpected and gruesome turn of events.
With sold out shows across the UK and an impressive string of support slots, Bugeye have played stages such as Camden’s Koko, Norwich Epic Studios, Brighton’s Concorde 2, to name but a few, as well as festival slots at Isle of Wight Festival, Smithdown Road and Pride. Having already garnered plays on BBC Introducing and Radio X, ‘Dancing Out In The Dark’ sets the stage for an exciting 2024 for Bugeye. The band are gearing up for a series of releases and live shows that promise to keep the momentum alive and exhilarating.
Imagined in 2018, Bugeye are a queer alternative rock band hailing from the concrete shores of Croydon. With lyrics touching on subjects from the mundanity of modern city life, to global issues such as racism and climate change, their tunes come wrapped in a riotous optimism that demands you to dance. Bugeye have one foot in pop’s past and another kicking down the door into the future of female led indie music, seamlessly blending elements of 70s dance floor and post-punk with the essence of noughties optimism.
The video for ‘Dancing Out In The Dark’ will be available from December 8th.