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Video of the week: Calva Louise - 'Under The Skin'





Calva Louise has revealed the extraordinary cinematic Sci-Fi video for their new song, Under the Skin, and the news they have also signed to Mascot Records—home to P.O.D., VOLA, Defects, Conquer Divide, Dragged Under, and Oxymorrons,. Feast your eyes on the video for Under The Skin.

Stream the song on all platforms here: https://lnk.to/calvalouise

They are storming into 2024, playing Download Festival, 2000Trees, and Primordial General Mayhem. In May, they'll take on a 10-date co-headline tour of the U.S. with Vukovi and play So What!? Festival, Welcome to Rockville, and Sonic Temple. They'll also perform at Vainstream Rockfest (Germany) and Dynamo MetalFest (Netherlands). Calva Louise are gearing up for an explosive 2024, with even more shows on the horizon!

The British based band is truly International with its members hailing from across the globe and has been ripping through the U.K. underground for the past few years, driven by the creative vision of Venezuelan born Jess Allanic (Vocals/Guitar/Keyboard) along with French born Alizon Taho (Bass/Backing Vocals - France) and New Zealander Ben Parker (Drums/Backing Vocals).

BBC Radio 1's Alyx Holcombe declared them one of the "Artists you need to know in 2024". They've picked up airplay on BBC. Radio 1, 6 Music, and Radio X. Metal Hammer highlighted them as a band proving that metalcore is back and more diverse and exciting than ever, hailing their "obnoxious guitar licks with hellish screams."




Under the Skin was co-written by Allanic and Pendulum's Gareth McGrillen and is a mesmerising blend of raging metal riffs, swirling electronica, and Allanic's extraordinary ability to flit between ethereal vocals and demonic howls. It swoons in and out of a stunning narrative, with melodic twists along the way that are penetrated by an attack of hypnotic aggression.

Under The Skin follows a complex Sci-Fi narrative and is the introduction of a conceptual storyline about the characters and their counterparts called the Doubles. Talking about the song, Allanic says, "The lyrics deal with the obstacles that arise between them as one is looking for freedom and the other is looking to perpetuate their consciousness, but the expectations are not the same for both sides."

The video is a feast for the eye and was directed and edited with VFX by Jess Allanic. This first single release is accompanied by Calva Louise's most ambitious music video production, including a Sci-Fi movie-style short film telling a story about parallel dimensions where the characters are looking to perpetuate their consciousness beyond the real world.

2023's hypnotizing album 'Over The Threshold' was a breakthrough moment. They had built a formidable reputation on the live circuit, with sold-out shows across the U.K. It came off of the back of a headline performance on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds festival along with tours with the likes of Cassyette, Highly Suspect, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Death Valley Girls and not to mention electric performances at Riot Fest (U.S.) and SXSW (U.S.).

The music videos form part of a larger science-fiction project that guides the Lore behind the songs, providing an immersive experience for the audience. The concept of duality means the existence of two sides within the human experience: the avatars or "Travellers" fighting like THIRD CLASS CITIZEN to reach the energetic source of their willpower: the "Doubles".

In this story, there are foreign entities, "the hybrids,"(half organic and half machines), who steal life energy from both Travellers and Doubles. Their FEAST IS OVER when the stolen energy is retrieved and attached to weapon-like tools that they use (the hedron-bazookas). The hybrids have corrupted some Doubles (OPORTUNISTA). The Travellers' aim is to reach their Doubles with the help of the Commanders (SQUARE ONE). The Commanders have been working for decades to unify both sides OVER THE THRESHOLD of duality.

Rock Sound called Third Class Citizen "A masterstroke in atmospheric songwriting and more than enough reason for you to keep your eyes firmly on the band this year." Writing for Kerrang!, Boston's Manor's Henry Cox said, I don't know how you'd even begin to describe them – they blend elements of punk and rock and electronica and indie and all sorts of stuff. It's a super-unique sound. Definitely give Calva Louise a go."

Talking about signing to Mascot Records, the band say, "We are honored to be part of the Mascot family, and with their help, we hope to keep developing a high level of immeasurable value for the distribution and promotion of our music around the world through a unique sound for our next album and for our live shows."

Tour Dates

4/6/24 - Bedford, UK - Collision Day Fest (FESTIVAL)

4/13/24 - Portsmouth (Takedown Festival w/ Cassyette) at Portsmouth Guildhall

4/27/24 - Wolverhampton, UK - Primordial General Mayhem (FESTIVAL)

5/8/24 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle - Back Room w/VUKOVI

5/9/24 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade -- Purgatory Stage w/VUKOVI

5/11/24 - Daytona Beach, FL - Welcome To Rockville (FESTIVAL)

5/13/24 - Nashville, TN - The Basement w/VUKOVI

5/14/24 - St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill - Duck Room w/VUKOVI

5/16/24 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch w/VUKOVI

5/17/24 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean w/VUKOVI

5/18/24 - Columbus, OH - Sonic Temple (FESTIVAL)

5/19/24 - Washington, DC - DC9 w/VUKOVI

5/21/24 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie w/VUKOVI

5/22/24 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall w/VUKOVI

5/23/24 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right w/VUKOVI

5/28/24 - L.A. CA - The Echo

6/2/24 - Fort Worth, TX - So What!? (FESTIVAL)

6/14/24 - Donington Park, Leicestershire, England - Download (FESTIVAL)

6/29/24 - Münster, Germany - Vainstream Rockfest (FESTIVAL)

7/13/24 - Cheltenham, United Kingdom - 2000 Trees [Silent Disco Set] (FESTIVAL)

8/18/24 - Eindhoven Netherlands - Dynamo MetalFest (FESTIVAL)

8/30/24 - Torquay, UK - Burn It Down (FESTIVAL)

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