Milton Keynes genre bending quintet Hacktivist are gearing up for their support slot with Issues and Slam Dunk appearances with the release of new video Hate. The video was filmed and directed by the band’s bassist Josh Gurner on a budget of around £10 and during the band’s days off and lunch breaks from their day jobs.
Josh comments about the song and video;
“Lyrically, Hate deals with the phenomenon of the simmering jealousy that manifests itself as online bile when people see what they perceive as a glimpse of “success”. I wanted to address that in the video, and also add a twist on the idea that we’re living in an age where people seem to get the majority of their entertainment from a stylised version of ‘reality’, and even the most low-level ‘famous’ person exists publicly as a idealised version of themselves.
The video shows a day-in-the-life of the members of HACKTIVIST, and highlights the duality of our lives as the touring musicians that people see on a stage, in a video or on an album cover, and the more mundane ‘real’ lives that make up the majority of most band members’ time.
Hopefully anyone watching the video will see something they relate to, and maybe makes someone think twice before hating on blokes in bands who’re just doing stuff to add colour to their own existences. Also we hope it creates a more personal connection with fans of the band, and maybe instills in them a feeling that they could follow their passion too, as we’re all just regular people at the end of the day”.
Watch the video below:
The band are currently on tour with Issues, which started in Cardiff. Check them out on the dates below:
May-27 Garage, Glasgow, United Kingdom
May-28 Slam Dunk Festival, Leeds, United Kingdom
May-29 Slam Dunk Festival, Birmingham, United Kingdom
May-30 Slam Dunk Festival, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
May-31 Engine Rooms, Southampton, United Kingdom
Jun-01 Trixw/ Issues, Antwerpen, Belgium
Jun-02 Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Also catch the band at Reading / Leeds this summer:
Aug-26 Reading Festival, Reading, United Kingdom
Aug-27 Leeds Festival, Leeds, United Kingdom