By Anita Stewart, Managing Editor
New Single Release: “Big Game Hunting”
Release Date: November 10, 2021
SPLIT SECOND MELTDOWN is the new project formed by East Coast rock multi-instrumentalist Rob Clores and you probably know his name from his work with The Black Crowes, Alejandro Escovedo, Charli XCX and Jesse Malin among others. Continuing on after the release of last year’s EP, they have released the video for the song “Big Game Hunting,” a song with high energy and clever visuals that tell a story, with a sound similar to Rage Against The Machine and trippy visuals reminiscent of Pink Floyd. “Big Game Hunting” will be available as a single on all streaming platforms November 12 and will be included on Split Second Meltdown’s full–length debut album in 2022.
The video is a combination of performance footage shot in black and white at the NYC venue East Berlin) and the outside scenes were filmed in color in Melville on Long Island, New York. “Big Game Hunting” was written and produced by Clores and mixed by Jason Agel who worked with Prince and John Legend. Clores sang lead and backing vocals, played rhythm guitar and keyboards. Jimmy Messer from Awolnation joined him on lead and rhythm guitar and two more musicians who were also part of the recording include members of the band Death Diamond: drummer Charlie Paxson and bassist Sol Walker.
“The song has several different feels starting with a four–on–the–floor dance type groove switching back and forth to a heavy rock back beat,” says Clores. “Then it moves along to a mellow tom-tom drum feel section. I think the diversity in the grooves keeps the listener engaged and excited. I like the combination of heavy guitars with synthesizer. Trent Reznor is a big influence as well as Rammstein. The song also has some sonic comparisons to Rage Against the Machine and the mellow side of Pink Floyd; it reminds me a bit of the Clash in spots, too.”
The lyrics, explains Clores, “come from the perspective of someone pursuing a ‘prize’ of some kind,” whether it be a girl or a guy and then having the realization that they did not achieve their objective.” About the video, says Clores, “the Hunter character is pursuing the Cat Girl who turns the tables and winds up tricking the Hunter into sitting down for a cup of tea which turns out to be toxic. The Hunter is played by Ed Bergtold and the Cat Woman is played by Sara Frankino.” Clores is planning a Split Second Meltdown show this winter in New York City with dates to be announced soon.
Rock at Night says: “This is an alternative rock song with very fast, flipping imagery in the skillfully recorded accompanying video. Brilliant song with a driving beat and talented guitar work; based on the live performance portions of this video, this would be one act to see live. Expect to hear more from this band with their upcoming LP in 2022.
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