Our favourite ink-stained bad boys are back with an early Christmas present of sorts.
Having released a few singles online previously, rap/rock duo Stevie P and Sketch (the latter of whom you may recognise from E4’s Tattoo Fixers) dropped the video for their brand-new track ‘Nightmares’ earlier this week. There has definitely been some buzz created around their newest offering, with both the lads and videographer Gi Lewis of ‘iNdepthphoto’, releasing a series of gritty images and video snippets online in the run-up to the full release.
‘Nightmares’ is a menacingly dark and powerful track about freedom of speech and the right to self-expression, as well as the stifling of honest voices in the mainstream media – in particular, the world of ‘show business’. However, as this song proves, these boys aren’t ones to be silenced. Abrupt and raw with emotion, it grabs you by the throat and demands your full attention as the guys illustrate their frustrations.
Opening with the distant wail of a police siren, followed shortly after by an eerie piano-led melody and a steady beat, the instrumental undeniably has a foreboding quality to it – like a storm is about to hit. Sketch’s vocals quickly drop into the mix; a ferocious torrent of words describing the struggle of celebrity status, constantly being under the microscope, and the restrictions that come with it.
The chorus retains that – almost creepy – haunting vibe with Stevie P’s rock-solid tone and bold delivery, and Sketch injecting some raw scream vocals throughout. This adds texture as well as giving the track a rock edge. Stevie P then takes to the mic to elaborate on retaining creative freedom, resolving to fight back.
The closing chorus also sees the guys add some beautiful harmonies, with Sketch throwing in some higher notes among the rapping and screams, and Stevie P harmonising with his own main vocal line. His tone acts as a great contrast to Sketch’s and, as we’ve seen previously, their voices complement each other brilliantly – ‘Nightmares’ is no exception.
The video, shot and directed by Gi Lewis of ‘iNdepthphoto’ in his debut effort, captures everything the song stands for. It’s not dressed up in narrative concepts or effect-heavy cinematography, instead staying true to the root of the track. There’s a real authenticity to it, using appropriate locations to create an atmosphere and drive that “dirty south” feel home.
Overall, ‘Nightmares’ has more of an aggressive vibe than anything we’ve heard from Stevie P and Sketch so far, their previous releases having been fairly mellower. However, it’s clear that this is all them; they’re not pretending to be anything and, as is their style, the song undeniably leaves a lasting impression that makes you want to hear it again.
That chorus though… you can’t help but sing along 🙂 ❤
“They’ve been holding us down, holding us back from making a sound / it’s time to fucking scream until they hear us loud.”
“Ain’t your puppet on a string and I won’t cover up a thing / so if you’re thinking that you own me you’ve clearly never known me.”
“I ain’t stupid manipulation is putrid / do you really think I’d lose my sound just ‘coz for you it suited?”
“Do you think this music produced should be disputed? / controlling pricks trying’a push my buttons, I will not be muted.”
“We’ve only got one life, well I think it’s time that we defend it.”
“Fuck the media and their backlash / we’re working here in squalor while they sit there with their stacked cash.”
“Trying to express the truth ‘coz believe me when I tell you they ain’t.”
“These last words from me is I will never accept defeat.”
To keep up to date with everything Stevie P and Sketch are up to go and show the guys some love on Twitter, and for new videos, be sure to subscribe to Sketch’s YouTube channel: Sketch TV
As you may – or in some cases may not – know, I have featured the guys in a few other blog posts so, if you’re interested in those, please see the list below and check them out if you’d like to.
Click here for my review of Sketch and Stevie P’s debut track ‘Everything Part 2’,
click here to see my review of their follow-up single ‘Street Lights’,
click here to find out why the duo are #3 on my ‘Top 10 Interviews Wish List’,
click here to read my original article on ‘Tattoo Fixers’,
click here for my follow-up article on spin-off show, ‘Tattoo Fixers On Holiday’,
And, if you’re interested, click here to check out my blog about getting tattooed by Sketch at his studio last month.
Big thank you to Gi Lewis of iNdepthphoto for sending me the image. He shot a whole host of promo pictures for this project, so if you fancy checking out any more of his work, head on over to www.indepthphoto.com.
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