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Premiere: Guardian Singles Share Debut Single 'Tea Lights Exploding' + Video

Premiere: Guardian Singles Share Debut Single 'Tea Lights Exploding' + Video

C.C. / Friday 20th December, 2019 10:00AM

Unless you've been sealed in a cave over the past four years, you'll know summer means the return of Tāmaki Makaurau's premier party-loving super group Guardian Singles, whose ever-changing live lineup currently features singer / guitarist Thom Burton (Wilberforces, SoccerPractise) alongside Fiona Campbell (Vivian Girls, Chain and The Gang, Coolies), Durham Fenwick (Green Grove) and Perry Mahoney (Civil Union, Crash Material). Guardian Singles today serve up their first ever single 'Tea Lights Exploding' which we're stoked to premiere here, accompanied by a dazzling self-directed clip by Burton. The thrills don't end there, as 'Tea Lights Exploding' is the lead track from a long-awaited self-titled eight song album (also featuring bandmate Madison Eve aka Peach Milk), the very first release from new Aotearoa independent imprint Moral Support, which will be celebrated with a vinyl LP launch party at the band's de facto HQ Whammy Bar in mid-January.

Guardian Singles LP Release
Saturday 18th January - Whammy Bar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR (ticket + vinyl LP presale options available)

Thom Burton opened up about the ideas behind the debut release from Guardian Singles: "Tea Lights Exploding was actually written as our first song in 2016 [awwww]... Pretty much as a sort of "Fuck you" to a certain kind of pervasive rape culture and culturally lobotomised idea of masculinity that I was seeing too much of. The song kind of switched around and backchats on itself a few times, like having an argument in your head, the one you would never want anyone to hear because you're afraid you would sound totally fucking insane. Having said that I thought that it would make perfect sense as a pop song.

I wanted to make something simple, a bit of an assault on the senses [because that what every punk band wants to be right ;) ] Also keep things messy, anarchistic. I've made two other music videos this year, one for Contenders ['Attract / Repel'], and one for DEAN ['Pakaru Banzai']. I wanted the Tea Lights video to work alongside these as part of a larger body of work.

Every minute of everyday there's an exponentially increasing amount of visual media around us. Most of it designed to look enticing, nicer, slicker, 4K, 8K, insta filters etc etc. By breaking pixels, bit-crushing, glitching, and making videos the way I do, it allows me to sort of put my paws in a digital realm and touch it, mess it up, ultimately making me feel more sane and more human.

Lately I've really been getting into late 70's / early 80's video art, people like [punk collectives] Target Video, Negativeland, and well as early experimental Flying Nun videos. That and personal attention ASMR vids from youtube.”

The clip for 'Tea Lights Exploding' is fronted by a content warning: This video contains strobe effects and rapidly flashing lights. Viewer discretion is advised to those who are sensitive.

'GUARDIAN SINGLES' vinyl LP will be released via Moral Support on Saturday 18th January, presales are available now via the band's Bandcamp page. Presale + ticket options for their album launch party are available HERE via UTR.


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Guardian Singles Album Release w/ Dick Move, Sulfate and Swallow The Rat
Sat 18th Jan 8:30pm
Whammy Bar, Auckland