Considering how the Eddy Current Suppression Ring’s latest release, Rush to Relax, deals with Brandon Suppression’s ongoing anxieties in a rag-tag, loose, and loud kind of way, it seems fitting that the video for the title track features the band dressed as over-medicated men in bathrobes sporting distorted facial masks. This is anxiety at its life-jarring, mind shattering worst. Come to think of it, it’s not only fitting, but a little creepy, too. These men are medicated almost to the point of zombification, to the point where their arms and legs swing and flail in a manner which implies little or no control. Adding to the creepy/fitting factor is the style of the video itself, appearing as if it is being played on a ’50s, black-and-white tv, one which was stolen from the evil hospital on a hill where men are given electro-shock therapy and stacks of pills until they lose the will to live in a case of mental health care gone horribly wrong. And with a jagged, bone-breaking song in the background, it becomes a wonderful synthesis of campy horror flicks and righteous Rock ‘N’ Roll. In other words, it rules.
Eddy Current Suppression Ring’s Rush to Relax is out now on Goner Records on CD and MP3. The vinyl release has seen some delays, but is now scheduled to be done and in the stores on April 13th.