It’ll only take one hit of Pelicandy‘s synth stomper ‘Animals’ to have you fumbling for the repeat button.
The peppy dose of glam-tinged electro pop recalls Empire of the Sun at their infectious best, and now has a video to boot – a nocturnal odyssey shot on the neon-bedazzled streets of Toronto’s Chinatown featuring the slick moves of dancer Roney Lewis.
With the brand new visuals for ‘Animals’ out now and ready to wrap your eyes around below, we talked to the London four to get the skinny on the Pelicandy story so far.
Your new video is ace. What inspired it and how was filming?
“Thanks! We’ve always had an affinity to dance-focused music videos, so it was great to be able to collaborate with Roney Lewis, who stars in ‘Animals’. The video was directed by Renee Rodenkirchen and was shot out in Toronto, Canada. Renee was great to work with, we spent a lot of time discussing and planning out the shoot with her. She really brought out everything we wanted to achieve with our first video; we couldn’t be happier with how it all went.”
How did Pelicandy start out?
“TC (vocals, guitar) and Nick (drums) have been working on music on and off ever since being at school together, but Pelicandy began in earnest late 2016 with Junior (bass) and Stefan (keys) coming on board. We uploaded a track – ‘In Echoes’ to Soundcloud at the end of February last year – which turned a few heads in our direction and we haven’t looked back since.”
What inspired your name?
“We wanted a made up word with imagery that we could easily make our own, so it seemed obvious to play around with words and come up with a portmanteau. Our music is quite playful and we felt it was important to have a name that reflected that.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“Last year was pretty great for albums – we’ve been listening to the new LCD Soundsystem and Superfood records a lot. The new St Vincent album is also incredible. We’re big fans of Francis and the Lights which, in turn, has brought us back to the likes of Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel – you can probably hear some of that in our approach to production. Annie Lennox is also another big influence. That’s more than 5, isn’t it? We’re sorry.”
Any other new artists that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“We were lucky to play with Thyla and Matt Maltese at this year’s Great Escape Festival down in Brighton. They are both definitely worthy of everybody’s attention. Thyla are like a grunge Cocteau Twins and Matt Maltese is generally just a bit of a genius.”
And finally, what does the remainder of 2017 hold for Pelicandy?
“We’re getting pretty stuck into writing and recording for the rest of the year now. Prepping for our next single, which we’re hoping to land early this year. Watch this space!”