By Shirley Griffith Photo by Graham Morrison
September 28, 2015
Theatrical in the vein of Collywobble, but instantly more mature in execution, it’s easy to feel the greater heart bleeding throughout Hectorina’s newly released self-titled album. The album is creeping and mysterious at times, spiraling out of control in a frenzied plunge before it’s reeled back in with David Lynchesque artfully cunning control. Singing of butcher knives and marriage, the album has a deep and dark blue tone. Guitarist/Vocalist Dylan Gilbert drawls Southern Baptist hellfire with devilish acceleration, matched only by John Harrell III’s wild drumming. Zachary Charles Jordan’s bass is the conscience mediator that subdues the Dionysus hysteria and wickedly catchy choruses. The album comes off darkened with heart wrenching lovestruck memories of blissful champagne turned stale and sour. It has some immediate singles on it, such as “Slave,” “I’m a Pretty Mean Hoofer Buddy” (where Harrell provides a fun resurrection of the cowbell), and “Inside of Your Heart.” However, the last song on the album pulls the tender heartstrings most; “Maybe It’s For The Best” is a bluesy transcendence track of finally letting an unfortunately hopeless love out of your life for the sake of each’s sanity.
Hectorina’s new music video, filmed and directed by Blake Raynor, is a visual representation of the anxieties that tend to plague the creative mind. The video opens with a melodic plea from Gilbert’s vocals and a tattered sign with the words “Share Your Talent” propped up and forgotten in an abandoned landscape. Multiple dancers reach and expand their arms in frustration and whirl frantically in an all-or-nothing fashion. This dancing mirrors the overwhelming thought of an individual’s life being theirs alone; the tripping and spinning down the solitary road of destiny and happenstance to find and express oneself honestly. Also noteworthy is the interaction between dancer and an eerie masked figure shrouded in mystery and allure. The masked antagonist pulls an antique game of chess out and offers it to the viewer, asking if he’d like to play along in a game of destiny. The chess game represents the unsure, and highly stressful objectives that come with following your dreams without abandon against the unknown poker face of fate. Ultimately, the video beautifully portrays the desperate dreams of the heart. For instance, a dancer dressed in red is illustrating the heart overflowing with feelings of romanticism and a desire to reach what she wants. The red dancer is the most expressive and her frustrated exasperation is mimicked in the howling appeals of Gilbert’s voice. The song has a false-stop allowing for a quick breath before plunging back into the whirlwind. The video is full of quick and imploring impulses which tumble, following the drums and guitar down a dark alley. The ending has multiple overlain silhouettes dancing freely against an expansive sunset, finally full of exaltation.
Music Video Premiere of Hectorina’s “Why Should I Wait”
September 29th @ The Milestone with Sick of Sarah
October 2nd @ Conundrum Music Hall (Columbia, SC)
October 3rd @ Snug Harbor with Sydney Eloise and The Palm (Charlotte, NC)
October 5th @ Duke Coffeehouse (Durham, NC)
October 16th @ The Milestone (Charlotte, NC)
October 17th @ The Radio Room (Greenville, SC)
November 6th @ Tin Roof (Charleston, SC)
November 13th @ Black Cat (Boone, NC)
November 14th @ Scrap Iron (Wilmington, NC)
November 21st @ The Courtroom (Rock Hill, SC)
December 11th @ Petra’s (Charlotte, NC)