Cut-throat business as band shoots a killer video

PUBLISHED: 13:38 04 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:43 16 August 2010

BASSIST: Toni Manuel.

BASSIST: Toni Manuel.

AN UNSIGNED band who met less than a year ago have shot their first video about a murdering hitchhiker.

AN UNSIGNED band who met less than a year ago have shot their first video about a murdering hitchhiker.

Four-piece indie band Tesknota are due to launch their second single, Cut-throat, at Water Rats, in Gray's Inn Road, King's Cross, on Saturday, December 5.

Lead singer Felix Black, from Orpington, was inspired to write the lyrics after watching a television documentary about a real-life hitchhiker who went on a killing spree.

Bassist Toni Manuel, from Sidcup, said the video, filmed near Lullingstone Castle, Eynsford, is made up of quickly cut scenes of the killer, played by their lead singer, without showing any blood or violence.

The graphic designer said: "The gruesome side of the story is implied through the tone of the music, leaving the listener to come to their own conclusion as to what the victims were subjected to.

"The music came first and then when Felix heard it, he thought about the documentary he had seen. There is a powerful riff and very powerful drums inspired him to come up with the lyrics.

"We are quite influenced by the Talking Heads and David Byrne.

"We like to have this quirky slant on things. Felix has the ability to paint an image in a particular way, which gives us a different slant to other bands."

The band was formed in January this year after an advert for a lead singer was placed on a music website and newspaper. On the day it was published, Felix had just left his old band. He called the band members, they met and he joined them.

Their name is a Polish word for homesickness and longing which Felix used as the title for an art work he produced at college.

The group will meet one of their heroes as they play at the same gig as former lead singer of the Inspiral Carpets, Tom Hingley, at the Dirty South in Lee on Saturday, November 28. Toni Manuel said: "We are very excited mainly because he is such a big legend in the industry."

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