Australian-born/L.A.-based duo and Revolver favorites VOWWS make self-described "death pop," and their latest single, the moody, captivating "Impulse Control," more than lives up to that descriptor. Check it out above along with its music video, which was shot in haunting, pre-COVID-19 Los Angeles by singer-keyboardist Rizz and visual artist Jesse Draxler (Nine Inch Nails, Chelsea Wolfe, the Black Queen). The song is available for pre-order and pre-save now ahead of its release tomorrow.
Rizz and her VOWWS partner in crime, singer-guitarist Matt James, have earned famous fans in Deftones singer Chino Moreno, the Cult's Ian Astbury and New Wave godfather Gary Numan. "Impulse Control" underscores why. The cut kicks off with an ominous drone over a twangy guitar line, laying a foundation for the eerie to come. Sparse keyboards provide an uneasy, slightly off-kilter bounce until VOWWS opens the song up even further with a Big Bang-style crescendo to sew it all together in a way that compels the listener back to the repeat button.
"It's a unique time for humanity, the machine has stopped and we're all in solitary having to deal with ourselves," the band says in a joint statement. "There's a lot of anxiety that we can't really run from. Like everyone else, we're processing a huge shock and experiencing things we've never dealt with before. We're grateful to have an outlet for some of the angst, it feels like the best way we can work through something this intense is to capture the feeling and represent it somehow. A lot of the song came out of nowhere, straight from the void, probably."