Vision Videois a rising goth-pop band from Athens, GA. Thematically, the band is interested in exploring the effects of trauma and darkness on relationships – you’ll find equal messages of despair and personal triumph on their debut EP In My Side (released earlier this year). They pull influences from stalwarts like The Chameleons, Killing Joke, The Church, Gene Loves Jezebel and Joy Divisionmixed with a harder edged punk leaning reminiscent of The Clash and The Replacements. The bands latest offering sees them interpreting the Ski Patrol classic “Agent Orange”.
Originally released in 1980 b”Agent Orange” has taken on new flesh, as Vision Video projects the song (originally about the Vietnam conflict) into modernity. The song is in outright protest of the current state of America and it’s regime, with it’s obvious connotations. The band teamed up with Tom Ashton (The Sisters of Mercy, Clan of Xymox) to add a darkness to the song that compliments it’s original post-punk style while giving it a more menacing tinge.
“When Dusty [vocals] told me we were tracking Ski Patrol’s Agent Orange I was intrigued. I had vague recollections of the track from back in the ’80’s and upon listening to it again found the political message contained within just as, if not more pertinent to the times we live in than the time it was written.” says Ashton. “The menacing and brooding intro and build lent itself well to some Gothic musical theatrics. I took a one second slice from the original track and bent it into a repetitive soundscape underlaying the bass and guitar intro…then began playing with Dusty’s Jaguar guitar stabs. Lots of pitch shift, delay and reverb were involved of course! I was after the simmering anger of a congregation in a large cathedral as they realize their God is actually a crook. Marrying the guitar and keys with the ever faster and louder dynamics from Dan [bass] and Jason [drums] I got the track reaching a crescendo of horror and repulsion to the ultimate evil of Agent Orange, juxtaposing with the space and poise earlier in the track, everything simplifying at the end to a loud angry thrash of vocals and foreboding playing from Emily [synth]”
Expect more music from Vision Video throughout 2020!
MORE ABOUT VISION VIDEO
Vision Video is Emily Fredock (keyboard), Dan Geller (bass), Jason Fusco (drums) and Dusty Gannon (guitar and vocals). Gannon, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and a firefighter in his civilian life, often injects his own experiences with death and the darker proclivities of human life into his lyrics; lending to a sense of authenticity beyond the reach of many lyricists.