High Tension have released a new video for the single, Bully, which is taken from the album of the same name, out this Friday via Cooking Vinyl Australia.
Karina Utomo, the front woman of High Tension, says this about the video:
“The underlying theme of the song and the video is about conquering fear relating to the feminine struggle; it references themes around social aggression and negative connotations (that are unfortunately) part of this struggle.”
“The intention is to execute a powerful video with only women, the create a sense of empowerment without being blatantly literal / typical, this video is not about riding the ‘feminism’ wave, it’s much, much deeper than that.”
“Traditionally the hardcore/metal scene is very much a ‘boys club’ without meaning to be, on the contrary I have always felt welcome & safe at hardcore/metal shows;
my personal struggle in attempting to be in a heavy band was about conquering my own personal fears: physiological (physical strength and ability) and to be honest, I was afraid that as a female, I would not be taken seriously.“
“I feel as though that I am not alone in feeling this way; during the King Parrot tour we have seen more women come to these shows, and more young women who are keen as shit to play in hardcore bands, asking for advice on “how long does it take to learn to sing like that etc”…. very positive, we are seeing a shift…”
“The goal of the video is about conquering that fear, conquering ‘bullies’, including our own personal bully. We want to show that women are strong, powerful and tough as shit despite any physiological and psychological limitations.”