Back in February, quickly-reaching-legend-status electronic collective Ladytron released their first LP since 2011’s Gravity the Seducer, a self-titled effort proving they’ve still got plenty to say within the darkest corners of synthpop. Among the album’s standouts is “Deadzone,” which illustrates all their strongest assets: eerie textures, hypnotic crescendos, and Helen Marnie’s nearly whispered vocals. You’d have no idea there was a fourteen year gap between “Deadzone” and “Destroy Everything You Touch” if you weren’t following the band’s every move in the interim.
Today Ladytron is revealing a video for the track, which in no small way recalls David Cronenberg’s Crash. Although considerably less NC-17, the clip shows a pair of car crash victims locked in a sensual embrace rather than exchanging information as their passengers (including a comatose, blood-splattered Marnie reciting the song’s lyrics) wait motionless still in the cars. Dramatically lit in what looks like a dark parking structure, the surreal Bryan M. Ferguson–directed video is a true driver’s ed nightmare scenario.
“‘Deadzone’ is a nightmarish scenario that depicts the meeting of two worlds,” Marnie explains of the track, which coincidentally takes its name from another Cronenberg film adapted from a Stephen King novel. “Imagine being in the midst of a dream and being unable to shout or scream or move, and ultimately not knowing whether you are dead or alive. That is the Deadzone.”
Watch the video below, and check out the band’s upcoming tour dates. Ladytron is out now via !K7.
Ladytron Live Dates
10/02 NYC – Brooklyn Steel – Tickets
10/03 Boston – Royale – Tickets
10/04 Montreal – Le SAT – Tickets
10/05 Toronto – Danforth Music Hall – Tickets
10/18 Edinburgh – La Belle Angele – Tickets
10/19 Manchester – O2 Ritz – Tickets
10/24 London – Heaven – Tickets
12/11 Chicago – Metro – Tickets
12/12 Seattle – Neptune – Tickets
12/13 Portland – Wonderland Ballroom – Tickets
12/14 Berkeley – The UC Theatre – Tickets