Sushi served alongside dismembered limbs, eyeballs become ice cubes and ears make the perfect desert topping in the creepy, retro clip for "Prey", the latest track from Sydney pop-punk quartet Rackett.
The video — exclusively premiering today via Rolling Stone Australia — slowly builds in ghastliness, as our pearly-white-flashing hosts serve up a feast, each course accompanied by a different, creative torture technique. Alongside the shrugged casualness of the brutality, the song itself bubbles with an equal swaying, smiling innocence, as poignant, poetic lines ("in your arms, I'm in your web") are masked by a sickly sweet delivery.
Inspired by "a book on unique predatory animals", as vocalist/guitarist Rebecca Callander explains, the song came to life when she noted parallels between the strange hunting behaviours of the animals and aspects of her own life.
"I felt I could relate to the animals in the book that had become victims to a cleverly, deceptive predator," she explains, adding that the video follows this "food chain" lead. "We wanted to put a twist on the universal pecking order and capture the mercilessness of the ultimate predator; humans."
"Prey" is set to feature on the band's forthcoming Ready Or Not EP, which the band are set to launch at a pair of shows this September — Friday, the 22nd at Yah Yah's in Melbourne and on Saturday the 23rd at Sydney's The Chippo Hotel. Following which, Rackett set to open for Killing Heidi on a run of national dates; details here.