West Country rockers RICHARD DAVIES & THE DISSIDENTS celebrate the release of their debut album with another video made entirely in lockdown circumstances.
'Way Of The Wild' is the second single to be unveiled from the album Human Traffic which is out this week on Bucketfull Of Brains Records, the label founded by the publishers of the legendary magazine of the same name. It follows on from '21st Century Man' which was premiered by Vive Le Rock! last month.
"'Way of the Wild' is a song about the struggles of everyday life," explains Davies. "Things don’t always go the way we want them to. It is an important song for me as a writer because I managed to say exactly how I felt at the time. It also made me aware of the power of words and melodies when they connect in the way that you want them to. It was probably the easiest song for us to record and if you listen carefully you can hear a ska beat organ holding it all together."
Speaking about the video by filmmaker Darren Stockford, bassist Tim Emery adds, "We've had a creative relationship with Darren since the early 90s. More recently he's produced some fantastic independent films of his own that had a real cinematic quality that we liked. So, he seemed the obvious person to approach. Initially we were a bit ambitious with what we asked but we gave him complete creative control to do what he wanted, just providing him with lockdown footage of the Dissidents playing and he did the rest. As long as he continues to answer our emails, we'll work with him again. These are crazy times that we live in and it was a nice touch with Trump and Boris Johnson appearing in the film whilst the world falls apart!"
Put together by Davies, sometime guitarist with Camden indie rockers TINY MONROE and alt.country tearaways THE SNAKES, Richard Davies & The Dissidents are a supergroup of sorts with an impressive collective CV that includes MEGA CITY FOUR, PETER PERRETT, GLEN MATLOCK, LAST GREAT DREAMERS and TOMMY HALE.
Pic by Richard Markham