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WATCH: Valkyrie - Lights Go Down

New Zealand indie rock act Valkyrie have released their edgy and empowering new single and video ‘Lights Go Down’, out today, from their upcoming new album JOYRIDE.
7 November 2022 9:31AM

New Zealand indie rock act Valkyrie have released their edgy and empowering new single and video ‘Lights Go Down’, out today, from their upcoming new album JOYRIDE.

 

Carried on a bed of crunchy guitars with a driving rhythm section, the simmering verses expand into a soaring chorus laced with hooks and lead guitar riffs. ‘Lights Go Down’ is a stadium ready hit; it exudes a fierce confidence, power, femininity and charm.

 

“We came up with the basic idea of this song probably about four years ago,” explains vocalist Omer. “We loved it but couldn’t think of a proper story for it so we let it sit for a few years.

 

Then one night I imagined a beautiful stripper on stage doing exactly what she does to perfection, being completely hypnotic and I could see all these men around her in a trance and she knew without a shadow of a doubt that she had them in the palm of her hands. And it was game over for them all. That’s what I saw and I just fell in love with the idea of how sexy and how powerful women truly are then the story for the song came pretty easy after that.”

 

Also out now is the accompanying video, created by award-winning filmmaker Shae Sterling. Filmed in the dusky town of Amargosa, Nevada USA, the video weaves between the story of an entangled renegade cowboy, ‘Billy’, and having the band playing and narrating their dark and addictive world in the Californian Desert.

 

“The video poetically shades your mind, and puts you into almost a movie frequency,” says Valkyrie’s Rebel Reid. “When you watch a blockbuster film, you leave your consciousness and reality. Shae has treated every viewer with his magic, and the heat of the desert can be felt throughout the video.” 

 

“Without travelling 11,000kms, we could have never captured this epic storyline.”