Local pop star James Deacon has wowed fans with his just-released second EP ‘Renegade’. The project features the singles ‘Rain On Me’, ‘Hero AKA Rich’ and ‘Reason’ and now, the up-and-coming star has picked ‘Mr Misery’ as the next track to be featured off the project. To celebrate the release of the new single, the star has dropped a powerful music video to the track which he says is a COVID-19 pièce de résistance.

When it came to the creation process of the video, James worked with director, Eric T Graham on a concept that saw them integrate the COVID-19 pandemic that has had a crippling effect globally.

“Being heavily restricted by lockdown, I knew I wanted to incorporate and use the restrictions as an advantage, rather than having the video postponed. I took an antagonistic approach towards the current circumstances and restrictions put in place by the overarching pandemic and the South African government’s response towards it,” Eric tells us. “The music video introduces us to the band wearing face masks, staying the appropriate distance from one another and applying hand sanitizer. Monitoring an empty street at night, the band addresses the situation head-on with withered statements on cardboard (all of which being segments from local headlines). The main theme would be questioning and confronting reality, authority and the layered response from our government.”

The theme fits the narrative of the track effortlessly. “I try to be a positive guy for the most part, but sometimes I have trouble with the cynical, negative Debbie-Downer side of myself,” James explains. “This song came about at around 4:00am, as I stumbled to the kitchen to get some water, the melody and chanted delivery of the opening line for the song came to me and it kinda developed from there.”

The singer adds “It’s basically the dark side to my last single ‘Shine’, because as much as I believe that persistence and positivity are the keys to success, I think a healthy tolerance and understanding of the undesirable aspects of one’s mind is just as important. ‘Mr Misery’ is a metaphor for my bad side, and the song itself is a kind of resilient juxtaposition to ‘Shine’”.

Sonically, the song is a bluesy, rock infused sing-along anthem with sweeping distorted guitars, driving bass lines and a thumping beat topped off with infectious vocals and headbanging hooks and shows off an exciting side of the singer.

Watch the music video for ‘Mr Misery’ here:

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