Straight Out of Cheshire: Brit Sensations The Luka State Resuscitate Rock & Roll

Above image: Rob Blackham

Just two seconds into ‘Bury Me,‘ Brit indie exports The Luka State explode into what will ultimately be a three minute frenzy of guitars, bass and drums. We are immediately transported to one of two locales: a dark, dank, beer-soaked basement club (London, Manchester, New York, does it matter?) where one emerges with eardrums ringing, or the muddy fields and throbbing crowds of (insert UK festival here). In one fell swoop, we are nostalgic for the Before Times AND pissed off that we can’t experience the raw, in-your-face energy of this fierce foursome RIGHT THE FUCK NOW.

The second single and video from the band’s recently released album Fall In Fall Out, ‘Bury Me’ is a decidedly gritty affair. The band’s performance, shot in black and white, is a study in aggressive, seething energy, and is set in juxtaposition to the crimson-hued footage of a one-night stand gone seriously wrong. On one hand, singer Conrad Ellis kicks in the door with his raging, frenetic and bugged-out vocals; on the other, we see a timid man who can’t believe his luck and suddenly realizes his folly…too late. 

I never knew I’d have this all worked out
I never knew I’d have this all worked out
And I’ve just decided you’re all mine now
And I’ve just decided you’re all mine now

Meanwhile, bandmates Sam Bell, Lewis Pusey and Jake Barnabas next-level Ellis’ vocal performance with vicious guitar riffs, driving basslines and hard-hitting drums, respectively – and it’s all awesomely reminiscent of The Strokes, Kassabian, and Arctic Monkeys. (However, mere copycat it is not.)

And I’ve been waiting for you to say
That you’ll bury me
Under your body baby

“We shot the video back-to-back with ‘Feel It’ just before the second lockdown in the UK,” Ellis explains. “It was quite a scary time psychologically. Knowing we had an album coming out but not knowing if we would be able to create videos to do the campaign justice. I think that anxiety really tied into our creative process, if I’m honest.”

And as often happens with the great art of making music, that very anxiety ended up weaving its way through the final product, which is rife with exhilarating tension and explosive energy.

“We wanted the video, in particular the band elements, to feel aggressive, claustrophobic and unsettling in the way it was all filmed,” says Collins, “not just the subject matter. So, working with our director we came up with the concept and did a few little camera tricks to heighten this. The way the storylines were filmed was really important to us as well. Triana Terry is an incredibly beautiful actress, but we wanted to avoid anything overtly sexual. She’s a femme fatale. He’s a fly caught in her web. The video is far more horror than romance.”

With its wave of razor sharp hooks and play-rough-and-edgy sound, ‘Bury Me’ is greater than the sum of its parts: a rowdy, infectious delight playing on repeat on our mental turntable. The Luka State are serving up exactly what we’ve been waiting for, and we’ve decided they are all ours now.

THE LUKA STATE / Shot in Manchester by Rob Blackham / www.blackhamimages.com

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