Sadness & Complete Disappointment just released their debut EP, the ironically-titled ‘Fun’. Marrying misery, grunge and a touch of flamboyance, the Midlands trio have compiled and self-released a compelling collection of tracks with an approach and aesthetic following in the footsteps of audio powerhouses such as Sonic Youth, Placebo, Smashing Pumpkins and Hole.
To complete a series of music videos which has seen the band craft visuals for each and every track on the EP, Sadness & Complete Disappointment are celebrating the release of ‘Fun’ by revealing the music video for ‘Oh, Rapture!’ The track “is for anyone who has ever spent time with someone who puts you down and puts you down and puts you down and puts you down until you finally believe the shit they say and then every day feels like a funeral march, every day feels like the reckoning and it’s not that you will jump in front of a train but you wouldn’t move out the way if one was coming straight for you,” says vocalist and drummer Esme. “You are not worth the air in your lungs or the dirt beneath your feet. At first you try and deny it but eventually their truth becomes your truth and the weight of their words are crushing down on you. Every breath you take is laboured with the weight of their words, the words of the person you hopelessly, helplessly love. The brightest sea on the clearest day could never be the blue your eyes go when you cry. And they like you best that way, because if you realised, even for a second, that you are worth so much more than the things they say to you, then you would leave and they would be alone again. “You make believe that I’m a weak willed woman, cos you didn’t want me any other way.””
As you might be able to ascertain by their music, Sadness & Complete Disappointment were formed through self doubt and abject misery. Esme writes the words and the melodies, bringing that bleakness. Bek / Beka is bassist, vocal harmoniser, she makes the videos and raises the hens. Kit (they/them) plays the guitars and brings the riffs. They write big tunes and are a staggeringly accomplished multi-instrumentalist.
2. Oh, Rapture!
3. Survivor’s Guilt