Mexican post-punk duo Has A Shadow share video for ‘Sorrow’, taken from sophomore LP Sorrow Tomorrow released early this year

At the start of the year, London label Fuzz Club Records put out a brilliant new record from Mexico’s Has A Shadow – a menacing, nine-track dive into motorik, almost-gothic post punk that was described by Clash as: “A dark trip for dark times, ‘Sorrow Tomorrow’ is an intense journey… the duo’s heavy duty psychotropic excursions gradually earning an international cult audience”.

With this cult following now behind them, the duo is now sharing the brand new video for the album opener, ‘Sorrow’. The video as haunting and pulsing as the accompanying track – “Somewhere between Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy and Suicide, Has A Shadow’s sound is sharp, dark and sometimes glacial, but ready to stimulate the endorphins of every post-punk/gothic addict” Music & Riots.

‘Sorrow’ is propelled by eerie gothic organs, metronomic percussion, screeching guitars and haunting, atonal vocals, delivered with a formidable proto-punk gusto that’s as harrowing as it is lysergic – recalling the darkest, most obscure sounds of the 80s but with the band’s own unique twist. As Drowned In Sound put it: “Hailing from Guadalajara, this Mexican outfit channel the spirit of post-punk bands such as Play Dead and The Sisters Of Mercy while dragging it kicking and screaming into the present.”

Vapour Trail Blog take it further and say: “[Has A Shadow] deal primarily in unnerving garage rock and organ parts that can probably summon satan himself… Think The Jesus and Mary Chain. Put in a blender with Suicide. Then sprinkled with a handful of The Black Angels and the 13th Floor Elevators. What do you have? You have a mixed metaphor of meaningless comparisons AND a really great band.”

Though flattering, Has A Shadow are more than just the sum of all these comparisons. Their twisted, dystopian post-punk is a much-needed soundtrack for current times and as such, has seen them pick up praise both sides of the pond. In the last year they’ve played with the likes of Holy Wave, LSD & The Search For God, The Jabberwocky Band and more, and also headed off on a European tour with fellow label-mates Tau – which included a stop at last year’s Liverpool Psych Fest.

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