New York’s gothic/art-rock hybrid band The Ritualists, have released a brand-new video for the song “Ice Flower”. The track is the first from their debut LP Painted People scheduled for release on August 2nd. Check out the video below.
For the track, the band’s frontman, Christian Dryden, wanted to theatrically visualize the degrading, dehumanizing, and violent tendencies of corporate life, while also putting an emphasis on the sort of ridiculous and rehearsed nature of it all… hence the professional wrestlers!
The album Painted People shares Christian’s experiences on the Lower East Side, while honoring the NYC that preceded him, as well as reaching across the Atlantic for inspiration from London and its surroundings.
“Being inspired by larger-than-life characters such as David Bowie, Simon Le Bon, Bryan Ferry and Marc Bolan was a blessing and a curse. It was magical and transformative to imagine these people as sort of your musical soul mates. It also seemed to engender feelings of loneliness, as there didn’t appear to be anyone else who shared this vision where I was… that is, until I started to frequent the venues and clubs of the Lower East Side.” It was here that Christian found some kindred spirits. And it was here that he found the comfort to fully realize and express his creative vision.
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