The Wraith, Los Angeles-based dark punk band premiere the video for “Wing Of Night”

Photo by Michelle Shiers
Photo by Michelle Shiers


California-based dark punk group The Wraith presents the first official video from their debut album, Gloom Ballet (out now via Southern Lord). The album’s maiden video, created for the track “Wing Of Night,” has premiered via Kerrang! Magazine.  

Directed, shot, and edited by Alisa Akay, the “Wing Of Night” video’s concept juxtaposes imagery reflecting the song’s lyrical themes – the embrace of pain, struggle, darkness, and inevitable (yet not truly final) death – with footage of The Wraith’s lauded live performance, centered around frenetic frontman/poet Davey Bales.

The band filmed the video over two days in a historic haunted theater in North Hollywood, just around the corner from producer Mat Mitchell’s studio where they recorded Gloom Ballet almost exactly a year prior.  The band was keen to work with director Alisa Akay because, as Mitchell’s fiancé, she was intimately familiar with their music. “Alisa would often drop by the studio during the Gloom Ballet sessions, and she later worked on some of Davey’s poetry videos,” offers bassist Paul Rogers. “So, she really gets our sound and vibe, and we loved her vision for the video.”  

The video’s opening séance – conducted by The Wraith’s spiritual guide, psychic-medium Tiffany Retrozombie – was more real than intended: “Every time I closed my eyes I saw a blinding white light – I thought someone had turned on the production spotlights, but we were still sitting in the dark,” recalls guitarist Kaz Alvis. “When I mentioned it to the medium, her eyes got very big and she said it was a spirit trying to come through me.” 

Gloom Ballet delivers twelve infectious tracks drenched in the band’s ‘80s UK post-punk (Death Cult, Killing Joke, Chameleons) and SoCal deathrock (T.S.O.L., Samhain) influences. Recorded by Puscifer guitarist/producer Mat MitchellGloom Ballet was mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise, Tragedy, Alaric) and the artwork by Rebecca Sauve.  

Gloom Ballet is available worldwide via Southern Lord Recordings at the label webshopBandcamp, and through all other providers. The “Wing Of Night” video is the first of several incoming new videos from the Gloom Ballet album.

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