Melbourne’s brutal High Tension have warmed up for the release of second album Bully with the release of their video of the lead single. A dredging, murderous track that gets your shoulders slumped and loose fighting stances fixed, The accompanying video shows a bunch of ferocious, emotionally-charged women kicking the shit out of each other.

Premiering on themusic, vocalist Karina Utomo explains that the clip is about “conquering fear relating to the feminine struggle” and about overcoming not only the traditionally seen ‘boys club’ of the hardcore and metal genres, but also overcoming your own psychological limitations of thinking that that as a female, you’re not going to be taken seriously.

The video depicts a group of women in a set up that is usually determined to men; meeting up for a women’s fight club. Directed by the band’s bassist Matt Weston, the clip shows a diversity of women with a range of different fighting styles, wholly enjoying beating bodies and fists together. What’s fantastic about this is in a typically male dominated scenario, the women look completely natural. Take that alongside Utomo’s “Show you how’s it’s down bitch”, a statement that could be seen as belittling but here is reclaimed, and you’ve got a video that’s powerful and damn fun to watch.

“The intention is to execute a powerful video with only women, create a sense of empowerment without being blatantly literal/typical — this video is not about riding the ‘feminism’ wave, it’s much, much deeper than that.”

High Tension are releasing their new album Bully this Friday the 10th July with a set of launch shows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

HIGH TENSION TOUR DATES

SATURDAY 11 JULY – HOWLER, MELBOURNE
Tickets $15 + bf available from www.moshtix.com.au
With I Exist, Outright & YLVA

FRIDAY 17 JULY  – CROWBAR, BRISBANE
Tickets $15 + bf from www.oztix.com.au
With Lizzard Wizzard, 100% & Pissed On

SATURDAY 18 JULY – NEWTOWN SOCIAL CLUB, SYDNEY
Tickets $15 +bf available from www.newtownsocialclub.com
With Mere Women, Narrow Lands & MSV BCP

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