Chosen by Monk

The Uber Rock Approved stampDespite the rays of light at the end of the dark tunnel that has been the past 16 months of isolation and generally being shit upon from great heights having been somewhat dimmed in the past week, with the annnouncements that the easing of lockdown restrictions in some parts of the ÜK had been postponed by between two weeks (in Northern Ireland) and a month (in England), the rock ‘n’ roll year that is 2021 has somehow crept, crawled and sneaked closer to its halfway point, with its DMs firmly planted in the mire and muck of the chaos around it. A healthy slew of new music, perhaps more than at any other time in ÜR’s history, continues to ping itself our way, and especially in the continuing tsunami of submissions we receive for our coveted ‘Video Of The Week’ award… Yes, as we’ve said on multiple occasions, one constant throughout the vagaries of inconsistent and often hard to stomach lockdowns is the amazing level of adaptive creativity that bands and video directors the length and breadth of the Überverse have continued to show, often in the most adverse of circumstances.

After viewing all of the entries – and, yes, we did watch each and every one of the more than 150 submissions we received this past week alone – at the end of the day (or night, depending on where you are in the Überverse), there could be only one winner… and this week it comes from rising Toronto art punk quartet Bad Waitress, who are offering us a taste of ‘Strawberry Milkshake’ with the clip for the latest single to be extracted from their forthcoming debut album, ‘No Taste’, which is coming our way at the beginning of September.

Be warned, however: there is nothing sugary or sweet about either the song or its accompanying video: yes, it has a saccharine-fuelled veneer, but take a sip and it quickly feels a poisonous, sludgy aftertaste which is enticing and terror-ific in equal measure, Sort of like an episode of ‘Happy Days’ being given a Stephen King ‘Carrie’-style makeover…

Until next week, when we’ll have worked our way through another couple of hundred clips to bring you choice of the best video to have come our way (or maybe we’ll have another tag team – you never know, stranger things have happened in the rock ‘n roll Überverse) keep ‘er lit, stay safe and we’ll catch up with you again, same place, roughly the same time next week \m/

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