Hailing from Grenoble, France, the dark post-punk band Varsovie is the brainchild of Arnault Destal (lyrics, drums, music) and Grégory Catherina (vocals, guitars, music). After the success of their 2006 debut EP “Neuf Millimètres” they began to tour abroad and by 2010 they released a full-length album, “Civil Status.” In 2015 popularity gave rise to a second full-length, “L’Heure et la Trajectoire” resulting in a 2017 video for the track “Lydia Litvak.”
“KILLING ANNA” is taken from the third album, “COUPS ET BLESSURES” released last May on Sundust Records. Inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s notorious fictional character Anna Karenina, who engaged in an extra-marital affair, left her husband for her lover, then died at the fate of her own hands upon the realization that the relationship was doomed.
Varsovie‘s distinctive stark and intense dark guitar-driven post-punk affair composed of clashing pounding drums, rumbling bassline, noisy razor-sharp and whining urgent guitar riffs. Prominent urgent quivering vocals harshly speak faster and faster creating a dire circumstance of eradication oozing with visceral emotions and gloomy thoughts.
A desperate song about pretence, self-delusion, and realization. Unable to find her identity after a devastating heartache, Anna lives in a fantasy world using men as distractions to make herself feel complete, loved, and worthy. Lost and not able to live with her past deviance she resorts to the most extreme measure possible, death.
The accompanying video, shot in Porto (Portugal) was done in the spirit of Film Noir by Guilherme Henriques, starring actress Teresa Queirós. A beautifully desperate woman leaves a note behind as she leaves for a harrowing night in the city full of searching, discovery, and a moment of clarity that will change her life forever.
A winner that “continue to reformulate the vertigo of the time through certain singular figures, echoing historical crises or intimate having left traces.”
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