I would now like to take a moment to introduce you to Berlin based electronic-rock duo Bullet Height. I know the ‘electronic-rock’ tag might put a few of you off but go with me on this one, trust me.
The project came together when Jon Courtney and Sammi Doll met on one Halloween evening in Berlin and began making music. Speaking on the band’s formation Jon says;
“I left London, moved to Berlin, rented a dirt-cheap room in an old DDR building & started battering out the music that would go on to become Bullet Height. I wanted to create something darker & heavier than ever before – I’d always written & produced in the past under no creative constraint & that has continued with this new band. From the first vocal session with Sammi I knew we were onto something…Superball caught wind of things…now here we are!”
Sammi adds: “Jon and I met through producer Tom Bellamy at a dirty rock bar in Berlin on Halloween. He was looking for someone to collaborate on his new music, we met up a few days later and it became clear that this would turn into something much bigger than expected. It was exactly the release I needed at the time and became a bit of personal therapy.”
I really wasn’t sure what to expect from the pair’s debut single Bastion but I am absolutely all over it. The electronic elements blend together with that dirty, hard rock rawness to create something which in places is almost Marilyn Manson-esque. In a lot of cases I find when electronica and rock meet the electronic side takes the edge off the rock side but thankfully that couldn’t be further from the truth here. All the rock energy you could wish for is wrapped up in fine Bullet Height style. It’s heavy, it’s sharp and it’s gritty. It’s a big, big tune.
The lyric video was directed by Valquire Veljkovic, and the duo had this to say about working with director;
Working with Valquire Veljkovic was great. He was inspired by different glass shards in front of the lens to create live effects. He had so many ideas, it was brilliant to work with someone who understood the importance of introducing us visually for the first time as a new band. He really grabbed the right tone & vision while keeping the distinction between lyric and music video.”
Bastion is out now and can be downloaded from all the usual places and you can watch the video for the track below.