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A Dose of Medicine Boy

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If their lead single E.V.I.L is any indication, MEDICINE BOY straddles the line that divides the boundaries of the mundane world and the obscure dreamscape of limitless imagination. This dream noise outfit is comprised of Lucy Kruger and Andre Leo who have been working toward releasing their debut full-length album ‘Kinda Like Electricity’. In regard to the single E.V.I.L, Kruger and Leo’s vocals drift effortlessly through a musical maelstrom that almost betrays itself by how simultaneously soothing it is. The video matches the intensity and intimacy with every scene and hits the theme on the head. This is a truly one of a kind act, and Underground Press is happy to have caught up with them to discuss their big release.

Listen while you read!

Your lead single’s video, E.V.I.L revels in the obscurity of romance. Is this a theme that is common in your music?

I guess so, yeah. There are a few themes on this new album.

What was it like to shoot the video?

medicine boy 1Really fun for us. It was cool to watch the crew do their thing. We don’t usually get to work with a large scale of production. The snakes took a bit of getting used to.

Working as a duo must require a great deal of chemistry. Describe some of the processes behind creating themes and composing for MEDICINE BOY.

Being a duo means you have the limitations of fewer instruments, of course. That can lead to some interesting stuff. Songs have to be able to work in that format live.
We make songs that we enjoy playing. You gotta keep it fun for yourself.
We work easily together. We’re lucky like that.

Where exactly does the name MEDICINE BOY originate?

No real story. We were looking for a name and that just came up & stuck. We bounced some other ideas around but came back to that one. The same thing happened with the title of the album.

What inspired the story behind E.V.I.L?

Mark Leonard, the director, already had an idea for a video he wanted to make before he heard the song. The three of us then sat together and bounced ideas around until we felt we had something that represented the song well & also just looked good.

How long did it take to complete your debut LP Kinda Like Electricity?

We wrote most of it in the second half of last year. It took about 2 months to record, then a couple more for mastering, pressing etc. We started recording December 2015 & it’ll be out in August 2016.

Describe the atmosphere throughout the recording process.

It was mostly pretty relaxed and intimate. After we did the drums at Digital Forest Studio, we spent most of our days in Dave (our engineer’s) home studio. It was a really intimate process. Very hands-on. Very delicate at times. Very intense at others.

Have you sent advanced copies to friends or family? If so, how was the reception?

We have. It’s always so daunting sending stuff to family and friends. Most of them were very positive. Some didn’t really say much. We didn’t enquire.

For those who aren’t familiar with your style of music, what bands or artists sound similar?

We get some wild comparisons. Which we think is great. People haven’t been able to pin us to a certain band. You’ll have to listen for yourself.

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MEDICINE BOY Releases Video For E.V.I.L.

MEDICINE BOY Releases Video For E.V.I.L. 
KINDA LIKE ELECTRICITY Debut LP Available in August

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Today sees the official release of a brand new song and video from MEDICINE BOY, entitled E.V.I.L.

“Looking out over the courtyard at the dirty walls, he realised he had no idea whether it was hysteria or love.” - Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

E.V.I.L. was written in 2015 and the duo describes it as one of the songs which just came naturally whilst playing around with riffs and ideas. Lucy came up with the first line and the basic melody and Andre coloured in the rest.

The video was shot at the end of March 2016 in a bar in Long Street, Cape Town and directed by Mark Leonard. It takes place in an in-between world where lost lovers have gathered and come to be saved/sacrificed/sabotaged/seduced. They are drawn together by an unlikely figure and find some kind of deliverance through giving in and letting go.

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“The music video is a kind of celebration of the strange.”

The concept of the video centres around a space for lost lovers and a desire to be found. The song deals with a very similar theme - and both find their desired effect through an inevitable hysteria and wild abandon.

“We feel excited that people finally get to hear some new music and hope it makes them look forward to the whole album. We’ve never really been a ‘single’ band. We prefer listeners to take in the whole record but we are extremely happy with how the video and track came out and feel it’s a good first taste of things to come.”

Watch the video for E.V.I.L. below!

Buy E.V.I.L. here on iTunes!

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MEDICINE BOY’s Debut LP, KINDA LIKE ELECTRICITY is set for release on 15 August 2016.


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