Screen Vinyl Image is a shoegaze/darkwave/electronic duo from Arlington, Virginia. As they describe themselves, “Loud guitars and cold electronics”. They are the husband-and-wife team of Jake and Kim Reid, who used to be in a DC shoegaze band called Alcian Blue. In 2007, they formed SVI, and since then, they’ve put out a bunch of singles and three albums. Early this year, they self-released an album called 51:21 with a limited run of 100 cassette tapes. That was the only physical format. I’ve said before and I’ll say again that I do not apporove of this cassette fad, and especially this “cassette only” fad that’s started lately. I can’t wait for it to go away.
Until a couple of days ago, I had never heard of Screen Vinyl Image, but they were recommended to me by, of all things, Twitter. I looked into it, and I was glad that I did. Just from their twitter feed, I knew I would like them. After previewing a couple of songs, I bought downloads of the last two records, and I’ve been enjoying them both.
While the new record leans slightly towards synths and other electronics, Strange Behavior has a bit more to do with guitars and effects pedals. It’s the stuff on that album that make people want to compare them to early The Jesus and Mary Chain or A Place To Bury Strangers. In fact, they did a cover of the JAMC song “On The Wall”, which is totally worth checking out here.
Today’s song is a bit more like APTBS. This is that song:
“Revival” by Screen Vinyl Image
It’s super-dark and super-noisy. Strobe lights and red fog.
Play it loud as hell.
Buy Strange Behavior from the bandcamp page.