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Premiere: Roy Irwin Shares Hypnotic Video 'Jesus Sleeps'

Premiere: Roy Irwin Shares Hypnotic Video 'Jesus Sleeps'

Photograph of Roy Irwin with painting by Stjohn / Wednesday 4th April, 2018 9:20AM

Auckland alt-rocker Roy Irwin celebrated the vinyl release of his latest album King Of Pop last week with a solo performance and art exhibition at the Audio Foundation, and has now unveiled a stylish video for his hypnotic song 'Jesus Sleeps' from that record. Beautifully filmed in black and white in Super 8 by director Stjohn, the clip shows Irwin moving through his suburban gothic realm, riding his skateboard down lonely streets, hanging out porch side with a cat, and dwelling in shadows surrounded by skulls and pop cultural ephemera. Irwin describes 'Jesus Sleeps' as a "song is about the personal freedom of self destruction," we caught up with the artist who revealed the origins of the video, his recent vinyl release / art show and plans for the future. You can experience Irwin live at Auckland's Flying Out store this coming Saturday 7th April, check out the clip and read his words below...

"The video was filmed with Super 8 film by my good friend Stjohn. He has done a lot for the hip hop and skateboarding scenes in NZ. We had no ideas, a box of beer and three minutes of film only. It was shot at my house and it resulted in a pretty fun video I think.

The release show went well. It was a really nice and appreciative crowd and it was nice to finally do a show that wasn’t the typical drunken bar kinda deal. I felt really comfortable in my own skin and it was the first time I ever displayed my artwork. The giant Michael Jackson painting didn’t sell but if you have an offer and want something that will give you nightmares then hit me up.

On the horizon is to keep on creating things. Finish another record and play some shows out of Auckland and hopefully take my music overseas."

'King Of Pop' is out now on vinyl via 1:12 Records.


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