The Band in Heaven Releases New Video for "The Boys of Summer of Sam"

West Palm Beach pedal-heavy fuzz-rockers the Band in Heaven is back at it again. The group released a new 7" last Tuesday on Chicago imprint HoZac Records. It expands on the four-piece's psychedelic, black-leather swagger.

This nifty two-song release is also seeing the light of day via cassette tape on local label Decades Records this week.

The A-side "The Boys of Summer of Sam," boasts the kind of menacing scuzzed-out riffage that would make Black Rebel Mototcycle Club jealous. The video for the song, which addresses a serious subject, premiered yesterday on Noisey.

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The masterfully murky licks were given an ethereal sheen by Pete Kember (aka Sonic Boom) of pioneering shoegaze troupe Spacemen 3, who mastered the track.

Lead singer Ates Isildak tells us the song came about after the band binged on serial killer documentaries this summer, thus the name, "The Boys of Summer of Sam."

As an added treat, the group has released a tripped-out, bloodcurdling freakazoid video for the track. It's sinisterly animated, with the help of longtime friend and gifted artist, Ben Mendelewicz, an Adult Swim animator.

The end result plays of like some sort of twisted outtake from Natural Born Killers with Isildak doing his best demon mall cop impersonation, wielding a guitar on a Segway.

Slowly all four of the bandmates morph into devlish pig-face killers as heads are bashed in and rifles are fondled rather provocatively.

"The video isn't supposed to be a big political statement or anything," explained Isildak. "It just reflects all the brutality that we have been watching on TV these past few months."

You can download the album for free here. , or better yet pick up a cassette tape here.

Catch these white noise purveyors at Resectable Street on New Year's Eve. 10 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, at Respectable Street Cafe, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Cover is $10. Call 561-832-9999, or visit

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