“In a Vile Suit,” the third single from New York’s Scorpion Tea, is a cacophonous storm and a visually sumptuous, horror-inspired trip of a music video through the most heinous of circumstances ever imagined: joining a band.
Dense and discordant guitar shrieks, pounding drums, sumptuous fuzzed-out bass, and sinister sung-spoke vocals set the tone for the story in guitar player Christian Cruz’s directorial debut. A mysterious undulating figure in a mask lures Pepto G. — who plays bass for the band — into a mysterious and baroque garage sale. “What happens after that,” states drummer Edley ODowd (Psychic TV, Toilet Boys), “you’ll just have to see for yourself.” According to Cruz, “In a Vile Suit” represents the story a person who escapes their reality by embodying a different avatar in order to let their darkest desires come to the foreground.
Along with their latest single, Scorpion Tea happy to announce the pre-order of their debut full-length, released worldwide on October 27th, just in time for a certain spooky holiday. Recorded to analogue tape and crafted under the scorching Los Angeles summer sun at Studio 22, Scorpion Tea’s sessions were led by producer Tomas Dolas (the Osees). “We spent six days in the brutal end of summer heat, with tons of equipment running, causing the heat outside to match the heat inside,” explains guitarist Cruz, “It was nothing less than hallucinatory.”
While the well-rehearsed and prepared quartet brought the power of performance, expressivity and uncompromising ethics, Dolas and studio partner Joo Joo Ashworth (Air Bol Bol) also brought unique devices into the studio, including a legendary Eventide H910 Harmonizer, to assist with the album’s unique character. “Scorpion Tea were a real pleasure to work with,” marks Tomas, “Truly monsters playing broken instruments! They had such a great raw and dystopian energy in the studio. I think all that heat definitely got infused into the tracks!”
Scorpion Tea’s self-titled debut, available for pre-order now on limited edition random-color vinyl with metallic foil-stamped jacket, is a captivating immersion of dark, heavy, and psychedelic where creativity knows no bounds. Pre-order now and receive “In a Vile Suit” immediately, along with three acute remixes from Canada’s Employer, labelmates DEATHDANCE, and BRIDES, from Norway.
Pre-order ‘In A Vile Suit’ and the self-titled Scorpion Tea LP on Bandcamp.