Judas, the London based four-piece look like they would feel just as at home on the prestigious stages of Isle of Wight and Reading and Leeds festival as they would jamming out in their garden shed. The Indie act may just be in its infancy, having a presence for around 2 years now. But what babies release an EP showcase at the credible listings above and their new music video for their latest single ‘Ceasefire’?
Focusing on their latest creative piece, it takes no persuasion to see why Judas is making waves in a timeframe where most of us couldn’t even stand on the surfboard.
Breaking down their latest track explains why:
The laid-back groove of the intro is one which I would expect from an artistically slow moving water droplets showreel. It eases you into the song smoothly, yet this image quickly dissolves with the sudden punctuation of the pulsating drums around the 30 seconds mark. This consequently helps to build a climax throughout the track from that point onwards.
What follows is a heightened tempo and instrumental addition which assists in carrying the engagement from verse 1 to the cheeky brief taster of the chorus and then directly into the second verse, which in juxtaposition to the first is noticeably more present and enforcing to the ear. This pulsing up-tempo vibe is sustained effectively as the song leads onto the repeated playout of the chorus for the remainder of the song, certainly helping the song to become a catchy kind of earworm.
I like the fact that the video showcases Judas’ live performance at the Reading and Leeds festival – highlighting their pride in performing in person to their fans at such a privileged place. The dynamic restlessness of visual slides marries well with the overall heightened tempo of the track.
What got me a little down
This isn’t even about the music, it’s just that I’m not crazy about black and white videos! Never mind, I know some of the best films are in black and white, but visually I like colour except perhaps when the song is tear-jerking, and ‘Ceasefire’ certainly isn’t that. (I’ll probably eat my words later on when I review another up-tempo tune with sepia tones) but for now, my opinion stands!
Whether I like whites and greys in videos or not there is by no means the obvious fact that ‘Ceasefire’ is contemporary and uplifting. And I wait keenly to see what Judas deliver next.