On Video are a four piece guitar band from East London.
Last year saw them follow up their debut Clap Trap EP with two singles “Bête Noire” and “Stuntman” on tastemaker London label Permanent Creeps Records, confirming their move towards a more chaotic, distorted sound and earning them plaudits from Radio 1’s Tom Robinson and 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq.
Today, On Video continue down their heavier path with their most aggressive sounding single to date – ‘He Is Me‘.
A punchy two-note riff lays the groundwork for an abstract story of someone stuck between dreaming and waking life in a kind of cartoon horror story. Freight-train choruses and full-throated screams from frontman Hassan Anderson are over before they start, leaving you wondering if you imagined the whole thing.
Hassan says of the single: “I wrote the opening line of the track long before we’d written the actual song. It was just a silly line that we found funny (‘When I bust through the door and I see you with him and I then realise that he is me’). I liked the ridiculousness of the phrase ‘he is me’ but instead of seeing it purely in jokey terms it set the tone for a kind of dream logic where the distinction between yourself and the other is no longer clear.”