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Oh Sweet Nothings: Shinbone

April 20, 2021

Returning with their first single since the release of their debut EP “Emergency Procedures” in 2019, Poneke post-punk band Oh Sweet Nothings have released the video for their new single “Shinbone.”

The three, sometimes-four, piece project has a unique sound that blends elements of indie, post alternative, and post-punk throughout their music. “Shinbone” has a heavier sound than their previous work. The song leans heavily into their post-punk influences. The growling guitar track drives the song, that when coupled with lead singer Aeron Glasgow Kenne’s melancholic vocal performance make for a grungy, headbanging-ly good time. 

Lyrically, “Shinbone” is about living with a big dream in a small country on the edge of the world. “It’s a feeling of waiting for the ‘right time’ to start, while navigating the accompanying existential dread and artistic self-doubt,” says Keene. Keene gives a solid vocal performance on the track. His vocal style works perfectly in the post-punk genre and helps to give the song a very full, but raw sound. If you’re a fan of post-punk, punk, or rock in general there is a lot to love in “Shinbone.”

The accompanying music video was directed by Keene and it acts as a kind of love letter to both Wellington and the band itself. The video visits places around the Wellington region in which the band found solace, reflection, and wonder. Keene has said “There’s footage taken from lookouts in all the suburbs I’ve flatted since the song was first written in 2014. Each place represents a chapter of our story.” The video cuts between long-distance shots of Wellington and the band performing atop a lookout. The video is incredibly well done and has a kind of nostalgic feel to it. The quick cuts and grainy filter effect give the video a kind of 90s feel to it. 

Oh Sweet Nothings has stated that they have several releases planned for 2021, so they are definitely a band to keep an eye on. 

You can watch the music video for “Shinbone” here: 

And stream the song below.