Calgary’s Red Cain has put together a visually thrilling music video for their track Juliet featuring Daniel Louden (Benevolent Like Quietus). The award-winning video (Best Music Video at Independent Shorts Awards (Los Angeles) is in support of their debut album Kindred: Act I released this past January via Sliptrick Records.
The band explains the video in further detail: «Deep forests, thick fog, American muscle cars, and Russian pagan goddesses. Part film-noir, part 80s road trip, dressed up with horror tropes and set to the bubble-gum horror stylings of goth rock banger Juliet, Red Cain is proud to drop our latest award-winning music film. Directed and produced by Rik Zak and Jun Ren, the film crew behind the band’s previous story video Zero that took home 9 international film awards, Juliet tells the story of what happens when rock ‘n roll and occult forces collide on the roads of Americana. So buckle up, throw on your aviators, grab your Jackson Warrior, and make sure you’ve got the protection of Veles before you venture out into the open highway! I saw her, lace and leather and hell, where serpents reign – and now, so will you».
With their first full-length album Kindred: Act I, Red Cain dived into a conceptual journey through the primordial depth of the human psyche, surfacing to tell mythological tales of war, love, and transformation. Slavic, Celtic, and Egyptian myths all find a place within the tracks, in a venomous new form – battle hymns, sorrow songs, and eldritch chants. These are tracks that the band put their blood and spirit into, and while listener-friendly, they also contain a huge variety of layering and elements that require a number of listens to truly explore. The track Wings Of The Crow featuring Kobra Paige,
Each song tells a story, and the concept behind the album can be found within the words. Red Cain brings forward elements of the Slavic storytelling tradition here, with Veles, the god of war and earth, our patron deity, and storytelling patron. The reconciliation of the ancient and the modern, the clash between the two, and the vivid and powerful tales it produces with bonds strengthened in singing age-old songs together. The track Snake Bouquet,
Musically, Kindred: Act I is a further continuation of the group’s debut self-titled EP, and fans will see that while it is still clearly a Red Cain album, there has been a significant progression in both styles, songwriting, and production. They have kept their raw sound but in a more modern package and the tracks themselves are very different, yet connected to one another through a variety of musical, lyrical and storytelling threads.
For the band; Kindred: Act I is an ancient Sumerian incantation etched into the fiberglass wall of a derelict star-ship. Who can say what’s inside?