❉ The ‘tronics’ new single/video marries a witty visual conceit with a unique series of lyrical perspectives.
Micko and the Mellotronics are fast gaining a reputation for more than just their music: in a crowded field, their innovative videos continue to give the band that little bit extra that makes them stand out from the crowd.
Following in the footsteps of earlier Ashley Jones-helmed promos from their debut album, ½ dove – ½ pigeon, The Finger, Psychedelic Shirt and Nosy Neighbours new single Sick & Tired marries a witty visual conceit with a unique series of lyrical perspectives, as Micko Westmoreland examines the obliviously selfish viewpoints of various members of modern society, before landing on the plight of the homeless, and the way that others see (or don’t see) them.
The central message of the song – that nothing seems to satisfy some people, who are happiest finding fault in everything – is given a huge boost by the clever video, based on the type of pop up books which have been favourites with small children for decades. Sat at a table, big Micko watches tiny Micko and the band perform, while a variety of cardboard cutout backgrounds and bystanders pop up and down around them, reflecting the story of each verse.
Be warned, though – the song begins as a light comedy, with a greedy vicar stuffing his face, but by the end it’s a bit dark as Westmoreland casts a jaundiced eye on his fellow man. Like the video, there’s more to the lyric than initially appears.
❉ Produced, arranged & mixed by Jon Klein and Micko Wesmoreland, ‘Sick & Tired;, the new single by Micko & The Mellotronics is out now via Landline Records. Micko & The Mellotronics debut album: ‘½ dove – ½ pigeon was released 27 November 2020’, via Landline Records. Order here: http://landlinerecords.com. For More Information: Facebook | Twitter
❉ Stuart Douglas is an author, and editor and owner of the publisher Obverse Books. He has written four Sherlock Holmes novels and can be found on twitter at @stuartamdouglas
All photos: Ashley Jones.