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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


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Sydney-based alternative-rock trio Second Idol have shared the music video for their debut single, White Noise.

Shot in an abandoned warehouse studio in Lilyfield, Sydney, the video clip follows two men wrestling, fighting and dancing, exploring the tracks’ central themes of conflict between femininity and masculinity. As the clip unfolds, the contrast between the bands uniform like outfits and the two main characters sets the stage for the growing tension and violence.

Lead singer Kate Olivia talks about the process behind the clip: “We filmed this in 40-degree heat late last year, which is incredibly ironic given what we’re wearing in the clip. It used to be an old car factory, and the room we filmed in felt a bit like an abattoir and had a very sinister feel about it. In between takes we were running to stick our faces in front of fans and portable air conditioning units. Given the extreme circumstances, it was an insane effort by all involved and we had an amazing crew who looked after us and were absolute troopers.”

Mixed and mastered by Nick Franklin (Peking Duk, Polish Club, Clews), the track bursts open with menacing guitars and steadfast drums, mesmerising listeners with lead singer Kate Olivia’s snarling and hypnotic vocals. Conceptually, the track is a feminist anthem that calls out those who think they have the right to comment on women and gender non-conforming bodies.

Made up of Olivia, Theia Joyeaux and Maxine Gillon, the trio find their inspiration in all-rock luminaires such as Savages, Placebo and Sonic Youth. Olivia, Joyeaux and Gillon are proud members of Sydney’s LGBTQIA community and work with organisations such as Queer As Fvck, as well as queer and mental health charity Baylin’s Gift.

The band are set to launch the single with a show at Frankies Pizza on February 27, with a further performance at Mardi Gras for Queer As Fvck in early March.

White Noise is out now! Watch the music video below.


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