Two of the most prominent women in the Australian heavy music scene, RedHook’s Emmy Mack and Yours Truly’s Mikaila Delgado, join forces on ‘Imposter’. The new single features on alt-rock shapeshifters RedHook’s forthcoming debut album ‘Postcard From A Living Hell’, which is slated for release on Friday 21 April and is now available to pre-order. Watch the music video now and listen on streaming services from midnight tonight (pre-save available).
Produced by Stevie Knight (Stand Atlantic, Yours Truly) and mixed by James Paul Wisner (Underoath, Paramore), ‘Imposter’ is a dark, empowering break-up anthem driven by alien synths, heavy guitars, and striking lyrics. The track uses the sci-fi trope of body snatching as a metaphor to articulate a traumatic experience that both Emmy and Mikaila share; watching someone you love change into a completely different person, before a heartbreaking trail of their past lies and deceptions starts to unravel before your eyes.
Emmy explains the inspiration behind the track: “There’s no head-fuck quite like discovering that the person you love most, and who you think you know better than anyone else, has been lying to you and manipulating you the entire time. At first, it feels like death, you grieve for the person you loved as if they’ve died, and yet somehow they still exist. It’s almost as if some kind of evil, alien life force has taken up residence inside their body and is walking around wearing their skin. Eventually, it causes you to question your own sanity; you question whether that person who meant so much to you ever really existed at all.”
On the topic of tapping Yours Truly for the collab, she adds: “This song was already so special to me and one of my absolute favourites off the record. We approached Mikaila to be involved because we love Yours Truly so much and thought her voice would sound amazing on the track. But what I didn’t realise was that she’d actually been going through an eerily similar situation to mine in her own personal life. We trauma-bonded a lot during the process of putting ‘Imposter’ together and the extra vocal parts and lyrics that Mikaila added still give me goosebumps every time! She took this song to a whole new dimension and I’m so grateful to her for it. This is our joint break-up anthem and we hope it empowers other people who’ve been through similar nightmarish bullshit to stay strong.”
The song also comes packing a quirky, science fiction-inspired music video directed by Colin Jeffs of Ten of Swords Media (Make Them Suffer, Alpha Wolf), which takes its cues from cult sci-fi flicks like ‘Species’ and ‘Jennifer’s Body’, as both women slowly morph into deranged lizard monsters with a taste for human flesh.
‘Postcard From A Living Hell’ includes previous singles ‘SAY’ and ‘Jabberwocky’, both of which received spins on BBC Radio 1 – on Future Alternative and the Rock Show – as well as being added to full rotation at triple j in Australia.
RedHook are set to embark on their biggest Australian headline tour yet, presented by triple j, this April/May. They will also be joining ‘The World Is A Vampire’ Tour in Aus, supporting alternative rock pioneers The Smashing Pumpkins, alongside Jane’s Addiction and Amyl and The Sniffers.
RedHook are picking up where they left off from a meteoric 2022, which saw the band complete a 28-date regional Australian tour as main support for metalcore titans In Hearts Wake. They also made their celebrated return to Australia’s Good Things Festival, becoming the first band ever to grace the lineup twice, and they played Germany’s Rock am Ring and Rock Im Park, having played the iconic Download in the UK in 2019.