A knife in the back, a poison apple, a drill bit to the dome: In the video for new single “Candy Apple Red,” the members of Austin’s Annabelle Chairlegs are being offed by a mysterious assassin in black gloves, which just so happens to be what group frontwoman Lindsey Mackin is wearing.
Elegantly perched in a victorian chair, the singer/guitarist fans herself with her hand while delivering a teeth-grinding refrain: “My nerves… are shaking… everywhere!” The song’s intense anxiety stomps down city streets in big shoes, all stressed out.
“Belly rage on the way to a disco,” Mackin specifies.
The single, spearheading an eventual sophomore LP, evidences a harder hitting Annabelle Chairlegs than what listeners experienced via 2015 debut Watermelon Summer. Lording over the upbeat bounce of evil surf guitars, Mackin’s delivery becomes increasingly torrential until peaking with a holler of unprecedented command.“I see deep brick red, Slick cherry red, Shiny rosy red, Candy-apple red, Stellar deep red, On your face!”
“When I was writing the songs on Watermelon Summer, I was living in Santa Fe, New Mexico,” she explains. “People tell me they hear a desert vibe on that record – very laid back, sandy, and chill. This next collection of songs is heavy, dark, and frantic.”
Mackin expects full details on the new Annabelle Chairlegs album by the end of the year, but was eager to get “Candy Apple Red” out ahead of a string of national dates with Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, beginning this weekend.
For the track, the Austin quartet tapped extraordinary director Vanessa Pla, who had previously crafted the band’s “Axe Me If I Care?” clip, to create their new visuals. The local filmmaker applied her trademark stark imagery to the idea of a whodunit, centered around a pair of black leather gloves… or is it multiple pairs of black leather gloves?
East Coast fans can catch Annabelle Chairlegs live this month:Aug 7: Nashville, TN. @ Basement East
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