By Glenn Alderson
There’s no rest for the wicked and nobody understands this better than Vancouver’s Gang Signs. A long-awaited return sees the atmospheric electronic trio back in full form with “Gang Gang,” the first video single of many to come from their forthcoming sophomore album, Delivery, which is scheduled to be released later this year.
“Gang Gang” is about a girl wanting to get back to the good ol’ times with her boy but instead he’s falling in love with partying and has other ambitions. According to songwriter and sometimes director Peter Ricq, the concept of the new album is inspired by drug movies from the ’90s like Go, Rush or True Romance.
Directed by Jackson Forsythe and Ricq, with animation by Andrew Olivares, the video is a true after-hours affair following a young tourist walking the streets of Vietnam, alone and in love with her independence. “Gang Gang” comes to life when the sun goes down, setting the mood and shining a light on the country’s vibrant street culture, a welcomed contrast to the band’s otherwise dark and drone-y disposition.
Recorded at Jacknife Sound with producer Jason Corbett (ACTORS, Art d’Ecco), Gang Signs reproduced their sequence heavy tracks with mostly live instrumentation, bringing warmth without sacrificing their trademark moodiness.
“We wanted to create a mood that makes you feel like you’re at home or somewhere safe and then just flip it in the end. In doing so creating a sense of not necessarily discomfort but something more adventurous – the feeling of taking risks,” says Ricq. “We believe that’s the only way to experience life and art at it’s fullest.”
No live shows confirmed yet, but they’re working towards a film screening of the whole album as videos and the introduction of a new member so stay tuned for an announcement later this spring.
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