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Today sees East-London based artist Bambie Thug releases their brand-new EP “CATHEXIS”, out now via their independent label ‘HAUS OF THUG’. The EP also arrives with a stunning video for new single “Love Bites”.
Following the release of joint A-side singles ‘Careless’ and ‘Last Summer (I Know What You Did)’ Ft. Jinka earlier this year, Bambie Thug returns with their spellbinding new EP ‘CATHEXIS’. Showcasing their effortless ability to explore genres and sound worlds, the 7-track EP features several new tracks including the venomous ‘Bye Boy’, vampire ballad ‘Love Bites’, and a beautifully stripped version of previous single ‘Last Summer’. Sharing a more vulnerable side to themselves, the EP details the heartbreak that came in the aftermath of their last failed relationship.
Talking about the EP’s meaning, Bambie says: “Cathexis is emotional investment in another, being deeply drawn to someone for how they make you feel. Many people who are cathecting will claim they are in love even when they are emotionally neglectful or abusive to a partner. When things aren’t going how they’d like, it is easier for them to wipe their hands clean of things and end the relationship because they were in Cathexis not Love.
Love is the will to nurture and support the spiritual wellbeing and growth of another. You cannot claim to be in love if your actions do not match the definition. This project is about me realising that I was in love and that he was only in Cathexis.”
The EP is also accompanied by a stunning cinematic video for new single ‘Love Bites’. Directed by Violetta Coretnic, the heart wrenching vampire themed visual sees Bambie beautifully stripped back in a white gown as they dine, dance and mourn over past lovers, before ultimately meeting their demise from their bite. The striking video is Bambie’s most ambitious to date and references the likes of Beauty and the Beast, Twilight, the old graininess of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s ‘Vampr’ and more. The video was entirely funded by Road Hounds, who are aiming to bring rock and alternative music into the metaverse via. Rock’n’Roll 3.0 and stars Ray Noir, Danny Campbell Fox and Igor Laskyi.
Speaking about ‘Love Bites’ and the accompanying visuals, Bambie says: “Love Bites is one of the most lyrically beautiful songs I’ve ever written in my opinion and maybe the most universally palatable song that’s come out of my discography. I actually wrote the first three lines during a previous relationship when I was experiencing the emotional neglect.”
It’s the second video release for this project and I really wanted to lose the smoke and mirrors and show myself raw, light make-up with no masks. I met Road Hounds at Download Festival this year and they funded it all, the video and my upcoming debut London show. My headline show is an immersive Halloween Experience featuring a bloodsucker theme where Storm St.Claire and I will be bringing the set of the music video to life. I’m incredibly grateful for Road Hounds support as it’s really tough being an independent artist in this industry”.
To celebrate the EP’s release, Bambie will play a huge headline London show at Hackney’s Oslo on Halloween (October 31st). The immersive Halloween show will feature a host of theatrical performers, cabaret style dancers and actors, with confirmed supports including Jinka, Storm St.Claire, Surya Sen, Callum Crighton (DJ Set) and more. This headline show follows rave reviews from their debut Download festival performance which Evening Standard described as having “a genderqueer, occult-tinged, strikingly theatrical edge” and UPSET hailed as “a confident, comfortable set that turns Download’s Dogtooth stage into a sweaty rave”. Tickets are on sale now here: https://www.alttickets.com/bambie-thug-tickets
CATHEXIS EP Tracklist
1. Last Summer (I Know What You Did) Ft. Jinka
2. Doomsday Blues
4. Eternal Sunshine
5. Love Bites
6. Bye Boy
7. Last Summer (Stripped)
Bambie Thug is a force to be reckoned with, a completely independent artist with over 40k monthly listeners on Spotify and frequent UK radio support. Bambie Thug has received praise from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, Alyx Holcombe, BBC Introducing (‘KAWASAKI’ being named ‘Track of The Week’). Press support also includes Rolling Stone UK, GAY TIMES, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, DIY and Amazon Music UK to name a few.
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