Video premiere: New Zealand surf-rockers The Butlers get up to all kinds of mischief on ‘One Flew’
01.02.2021

Video premiere: New Zealand surf-rockers The Butlers get up to all kinds of mischief on ‘One Flew’

Image by Fran Scrimgeour
Words by Gabriela Caeli Sumampow

The new single is inspired by Ken Kesey’s celebrated novel, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

After an unforgettable summer performing at some of New Zealand’s biggest festivals – such as the TSB Festival of Lights and Tora Bombora – The Butlers are releasing a lively new music video and single, ‘One Flew’.

Recorded at The Sitting Room in Lyttleton, Christchurch, the single combines the band’s signature surf-rock sound – heavily influenced by a life of surfing and living in the seaside suburb of Sumner – with Stingy Hooligan’s addictive saxophone solos.

‘One Flew’ is an energising headbanger filled with pulsating keys and beats. Its silky vocals – shared between bandmembers Walt Robberds, George Berry and Jordan Kennedy – contrast splashes of funky, alt rock goodness that recall the likes of Ocean Alley and Lime Cordiale.

The music video is as much a burst of youthful, adventurous energy as the song is. As The Butlers run together – across train tracks and the streets, enjoying car trips, arcade games and pints of beer – the song’s vitality is reciprocated, making it an infectious pick-me-up to listening ears.

Off the back of the new track, The Butlers will continue their New Zealand festival streak with a set the Banks Peninsula Festival on Saturday February 20. Following that, with a new year and mountains of opportunity within New Zealand’s COVID-placid surrounds, the world is The Butlers’ oyster.

Check out the new clip below.

‘One Flew’ is on Tuesday February 2 via MEOW. For more on The Butlers, check out their website, Facebook and Instagram.

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