“Moral decay? Check. End-of-the-world-drums? Check. There’s more than a hint of 80’s Cohen about this blast of icy synthpop by former WORKOUT man, Jack KILLEN.” i-D
Brooklyn artist Jack KILLEN has shared the video for his second single ‘GENEVIEVE’. The lo-fi video was directed by Josh Slater.
WATCH ‘GENEVIEVE’ VIDEO
Produced by Graham Dickson of Crystal Fighters, ‘Genevieve’ delivers in all the ways you want it to with epic sax, driving guitars, and climactic synths with some organs sprinkled on top.
Of the track, KILLEN said, “There’s a road that seems like it’s going nowhere until eventually you hit a brick wall. Some people bust through the brick wall, break some bones, get cut up, but at least they’re off the road and onto the adventure. Others hit the brick wall, bang their heads on it a few times and nothing happens. So they put their hands in their pockets, turn around and keep walking around aimlessly until they wither up, turn into fertilizer, and feed the variety of useless weeds that grow on the side of the pointless road.”
Jack Killen (aka Killer Killen aka Jacques Killen aka Jack “The Killer” Killen) is the former front man of the Brooklyn party rock band WORKOUT and “The Mickey Spillane of Detective Rock.” Pull the trigger and get blasted with Pulp lyrics, machine gun guitars, and funeral organs (probably yours).
The music references life on the outskirts, knifes and miniskirts, the wife and the perp. In Killen’s world, skin is the ultimate currency and the streets are filled with outlaws and hustlers, from money hungry murderers to the downtrodden they prey on, from a heavy drinking beat cop to the poet dealer. Follow him on his journey in a city of renegades, good vs bad vs the grey area, from the swindles that keep the money moving to the back room business deals that make you take a bite out of the Blood Red Apple they call New York.
The Pulp Gods of the 1900’s had hero detectives with unbreakable codes and hard boiled integrity. Today there are no hero, just people that fell too far to be saved. If you find yourself at the bottom and you’re looking for company, look no further.
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