Video Premiere: Lugosi – The Owls

Lugosi
“The Owls Are Not What They Seem” Video Debut
(Taken from the album, “Rise from the Grave”)

“The Owls Are Not What They Seem” is a song inspired by a quote from David Lynch and Mark Frost’s cult American TV series “Twin Peaks”. The seminal show follows the surreal and often disconnected investigation of the murder of a young girl in a small town and was a sensation when it first aired in 1990. Taking the dream-like tone of this series and expanding its initial field of vision, the song explores a dystopian future marked by uncertainty and fear, and the relationship between current actions and their possible consequences. The chorus name-checks the infamous Bohemian Grove, a campground where famously the Manhattan Project was planned, resulting in the atomic bomb which changed the world forever.

The video extends this metaphor into exploring the mythology of this location and the ceremonies carried out within it. Owned by the male-only Bohemian Club of San Francisco, California, whose membership is populated by high-ranking individuals from business, politics, education and the arts, the Grove has operated as a summer camp for the rich and powerful of American society since the early part of the 20th century. It’s mascot, and the background statue to the summer season’s opening ceremony “The Cremation of Care”, is an owl.

The video further extends the exploration of the ceremony and draws upon other symbolic practices carried out by other male-only closed and secretive orders and postulates the consequences of these actions. Musically, the song has a driving rhythm accentuated by a pumping and pulsating bass and guitar riff, which carries the listener through each verse and into the choruses, finally bringing the song into a culminating solo and a strong finish.

Dublin based Lugosi formed in 2016 consisting of JM Burr and Jimmy Rooney (of the band the Reverend JM’s panic worship), film maker and former Hungry Souls guitarist Alan Morton, and Neal Wright, formerly of Belfast’s Memento Mori. With influences ranging from the Misfits, Black Sabbath, Fu Manchu and Clutch and a love of the macabre, Lugosi’s songs range in subject matter from alien vampires, American Indian legends, horror, and witchcraft. A veritable sonic Ed Wood movie delivered through rock and roll.

Credits:
Videography; Angel Croitor https://www.facebook.com/cosmopalace.ie/
Video Editing; Alan Morton, Jailbreak Film Production https://filmfreeway.com/AlanMorton
Audio Production; Michael Richards https://www.facebook.com/trackmixrecordingstudio/
The band; www.facebook.com/LugosiDub/

The Debut album, “Rise from the Grave”, is available via all streaming services, bandcamp and in store at Tower Records.
For further information on Lugosi contact Barry Hartigan on (086) 0267832 or at barryhartigan@gmail.com

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