Rejuvenated post-punks Cult Figures have just released the second video from their much celebrated new album Deritend.
‘Concrete and Glass’ is a deadpan meditation on London’s ever changing skyline. A lament for lost adolescence, glimpsed in the cold steel reflections of faceless urban regeneration.
“‘Concrete and Glass’ was inspired by something my wife said while we were walking around London’s Soho,” recalls Cult Figures longstanding singer Gary Jones. “The gentrification… ‘all the buildings going up, and the buildings coming down, were making her frown’ … took the narrative off into a hazy Soho nostalgia trip from the halcyon days of carefree youth.”
The video, shot during the first lockdown in April 2020 features Jones ambling pensively across the network of elevated walkways that connect the brutalist towers of the Barbican Estate, a concrete ziggurat once voted “London’s ugliest building”.