Like so much in our lives, the release of the Close Lobsters’ new music video ran into a bit of a roadblock back in March when a certain global health pandemic ground most everything to a halt. But now, a few months later, it’s ready, and Slicing Up Eyeballs is thrilled to premiere the clip for the Scottish indie-pop masters’ majestic single “Godless.”

The artful video sets imagery to one of the first pre-release singles premiered off the band’s first new album in 31 years, the 10-track Post Neo Anti: Arte Povera In the Forest of Symbols, which was issued in February by the Last Night From Glasgow and Shelflife Records labels.

Original members Andrew Burnett, Bob Burnett, Tom Donnelly and Stewart McFayden reunited the Close Lobsters — immortalized on the NME’s genre-defining C86 compilation cassette — in 2012 for a handful of international festival dates, then spent the last five years working on the songs that became Post Neo Anti, produced by John Rivers, who also produced their debut album.

Of “Godless,” one of the standouts on a record that’s already an album-of-the-year favorite at Slicing Up Eyeballs World HQ, the band’s frontman Andrew Burnett writes:

“Close Lobsters ‘Melancholy Soul’ artform. A story of lament; the anticipation of unrealised liberation; and the forlorn call for the restoration of the commons. Young people in the West have nothing left but to take the place apart. William Burroughs. ‘How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause? Such a fine sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?’ Sophie Magdelena Scholl. The German Joan of Arc. ‘There is an infinite amount of hope in the universe … but not for us’. Franz Kafka.”

Watch the video right here:

 

 

During their original 1985-to-1989 run, the Close Lobsters put out a number of singles and two albums, 1987′s Foxheads Stalk This Land and 1989′s Headache Rhetoric. In 2009, the group released a best-of set called Forever, Until Victory! The Singles Collection, featuring, among other standouts, “Firestation Towers,” the group’s inclusion on the C86 tape.

In 2012, the band released a super-limited 7-inch single featuring a pair of previously unreleased cut: a 1990 demo called “Steel Love” and a 1989 live recording of a song called “Head Above Water.” Then, in 2014, they released their first new music in 25 years, the 5-track Kuntswerk in Spacetime EP that included two new songs — “Now Time” and “New York City in Space” — both of which are included on Post Neo Anti.

 

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