By Willem Thomas
VANCOUVER – Starting with the drop of the music video for “Alive and Divided”, the next two weeks for Hatch Benedict and Trish Kelly, aka local husband and wife synth-pop duo The Charm Offensive, should keep them quite occupied. Following the group’s first show Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Fox Cabaret, their debut EP Polite Mouth // Honest Hands arrives Oct. 11.
The video, directed by Shannon Hemmett of Actors, is a cataclysmic exploration of the connection between life and death. Switching between ritualistic scenes of a human skull in a field and explosions, microscopic biological processes, and other chaotic imagery, the shots are tightly edited to resemble something like extra b-roll footage from a Terrance Malick film meets a pagan coming-of-age party. You’ll want to dance, but also hug your dog after.
The song itself is a massive slice of dark ’80s synthpop, sounding like if A Flock of Seagulls walked into a Killing Joke show and Billy Idol was the bartender. Expect to be charmed by The Charm Offensive.
RSVP to the show on Sept. 23 herehatch benedict, the charm offensive, The Fox Cabaret, Trish kelly