Future alternative metal greats Defences present their stunning new single/video ‘The Curse’. Following strong support in the form of millions of streams across their catalogue of releases, the band from Hertfordshire, U.K., have signed with Long Branch Records.

Watch the video for ‘The Curse’ here:

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“‘The Curse’ is a song about feeling like the universe is against you, trying to sabotage your every endeavour despite your best efforts to achieve something,” comments singer Cherry Duesbury“The feeling of being just a little too late, or pipped to the post, and having to start over again. To demonstrate this, it references the individual struggles of trying to be creative in an oversaturated industry, focusing on the internal fortitude required to not only persevere but to enjoy creativity for its own sake. By making these fears and inadequacies into a character, we wanted to show how powerful this feeling of being cursed can seem, and the importance of recognising and accepting it as part of yourself.”

A proven hit on the live circuit, Defences have numerous U.K. tours with multiple sell-out headline shows under their belts, as well as festival appearances including DownloadTakedownTurbulence and Burn It Down. With soon-to-be-announced new material, live shows and the support of their strong fan community cultivated in their #TheHeart fan page, 2024 promises to be a big year for the quintet.

Cherry Duesbury comments on the new video: “The video shoot was really fun – it was the first time Shadow Cherry was on set for anything. She’s an idea I’ve had in my head for some time, so it felt quite surreal to have her come to fruition in front of the camera. A really liberating side of me comes out when I’m made up like that, which I think we’ve started to capture in this video. 

“It was an exciting shoot for us; we hadn’t shot a music video for a couple of years. It was our first official shoot with Owen on bass, and Will on keys, and we were all stoked to finally bring the ideas we’d been working on to life! 

“We used more props and cool visual elements for this video than I think we ever had before. So many candles, which I really enjoyed! I always have candles lit at home. We’re really leaning into the witchy aesthetic for this era, which is right up my street. I was sat in a circle of them for one of the shots, it felt like I was having a seance, I loved it!”Defenses are:

Cherry Duesbury – Vocals
William Young – Keys, Vocals
Calum Wilmot – Guitar
Owen Hughes-Holland – Bass
Kyle Parke – Drums

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