Watch Trembling Bells’ ‘Hallelujah’ music video
Premiering a hallucinatory trip down Glasgow's High Street with Trembling Bells
Drummer Alex Neilson’s group featuring Lavinia Blackwall’s gorgeous, psychedelic 60s vocals recently appeared at The List Presents: Pleasance Sessions and are longtime stalwarts of the Glasgow music scene.
Director Tom Chick says of the video, '"Hallelujah" starts with Trembling Bells playing in a crumbling Carbeth ruin before transitioning to a hallucinatory procession through old Glasgow, mixing hi8, 16mm and channelling Dennis Hopper, Dennis Potter and Sergei Eisenstein.’ Anyone who’s seen Easy Rider will have a good idea of what Tom is talking about.
Neilson says of the song, ‘It's a tale of mystery and imagination, where Austin Osman Spare gifts oracles to the air, alcoholics are hypnotised by the open graves of their glasses and Death and Desire are famished dogs guarding the gates to a fantastical tower. The song re-casts Glasgow as a quasi-Biblical domain where old testament ciphers tic sheep in the doorways of the cities toughest boozers and Calvary rises spontaneously from the concrete – all to the sound of a ramshackle colliery band.’
And with that, there’s not much left to say other than, watch the video and then track down a copy at Record Store Day.
‘Hallelujah’ by Trembling Bells is released on Tin Angel Records, Sat 18 Apr.