Canberra alt-rock band Sputnik Sweetheart have recently unveiled the music video for their latest single 'Rolling', which first dropped at the end of 2020.
An energetic and melodic indie rock jam, 'Rolling' features the colourful lead vocals of singer Nette France over intricate guitarwork from France and lead guitarist Zac Bailey, backed by a rhythm section of Josef Pabis (bass) and Malcolm Newland (drums).
It's a combination that makes for a memorable tune, and it's now been vitalised with a conceptual music video which utilises some very evocative imagery. With a backdrop of a Noosa Heads coastline, dancers John Paul Lowe and Isaak McLean give an intimate performance conveying a narrative of a complicated love story.
“Our idea for the music video was to create a subtle love story between two people who may not have admitted their feelings to each other yet," said Nette France. "I think this is a situation a lot of queer people like myself have experienced, whilst they might still be coming to terms with their sexuality.”
The lyrics of 'Rolling' are also inspired by the Tim Winton coming of age novel Breath, according to France.
“It’s a story about growing up and navigating through the changes that come with new and old relationships.”
Sputnik Sweetheart are no stranger to relatable themes in their lyrics, and they don't shy away from having their say on important matters. Their debut EP Growing Pains, released in late 2019, featured five songs inspired by the transition into adulthood and also explored topics such as gender equality and the impacts of technology on relationships.
'Rolling' is their first single since the drop of Growing Pains and it sees the band continue their winning formula of punk-inspired guitar rock that has won them many plaudits as an up-and-coming band. And it's only up from here; Sputnik Sweetheart will keep rolling on.