Victoria+Jean are currently in Texas for SXSW but on 20 April they will be performing at the Old Queen’s Head in North London to promote their upcoming debut album Divine Love – a collection that the Brussells-based pair sent to their first choice of producers, giving them free rein to add their production to a song of their choice. It just so happened that their hitlist of collaborators – John Parish (PJ Harvey, Goldfrapp), Rob Kirwan (The Horrors, Depeche Mode), Christopher Berg (The Knife), Ian Caple (Tricky, Kate Bush), Joe Hirst (Stone Roses), Alistair Chant (PJ Harvey) and Lucas Chauvière (De La Soul) – each chose a different song to tackle.
This week Victoria+Jean announced that their next single will be Firecracker; an ominous, fearless and explosive electrobanger which Swedish-born vocalist Victoria says was inspired by the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (“Particularly the way Johnny Depp would hit the road and go to these casino’s and dingy bars on acid (and other drugs), walking like a total freaky weirdo”). Its accompanying clip, first unveiled last year, was directed by long-term PJ Harvey collaborator Maria Mochnacz who was also offered the liberty to choose one song from the album tracklist and create the visual.
“Maria had this crazy cool idea of us doing mug shots in flashy tights, and behaving like fugitives on the run,” says Victoria. “But not in a discrete, secretive way AT ALL!”
Watch the video below and visit Victoria+Jean’s official website to get all the details of their upcoming live performances. Plus look out for Divine Love from 29 April.