If John Peel was around right now he'd be shouting to the rooftops about this band. Cabbage's latest single 'Gibraltar Ape' affirms James Skelly's signees as one of the key rock acts in the country right now, and they have a grimy visual to accompany the disaffected feel of the single. Check it out on Gigwise below.
The video follows guitarist/singer Joe around Cabbage's hometown of Mossley in Lancashire as he and someone in an Ape costume (presumably singer Lee Broadbent) take in the panoramic views surrounding the town and its thriving local pubs. It's shot with a lo-fi camera, and the relatively out of focus shots reflect the disorientated feel of the tune as a whole.
The song captures the longing for freedom within the trappings of a capitalist society where transcending the presubscribed 9-5 route whilst staying above the breadline is an increasingly difficult thing to do thanks to benefit cuts. There's no point kidding the optimism of the 90s or late 60s exists in today's Britain, and through capturing that frustration they speak to the disaffected and ignite a spark in their bonnet.
Of the video the bands say: “No interminable, egocentric and grandeur oration can define truly of how proud we are of the Gibraltar Ape music video. Filmed and edited by Dominic Foster, starring the keen good folk of Mossley”.
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