Melbourne-via-Perth alt-rockers The Panics have unveiled the video for their new single and title track of their 2016 fifth studio album, Hole In Your Pocket.
The tune is the second cut to be lifted from the ARIA winners' newest LP, their first full-length since 2011's top-10-charting Rain On The Humming Wire. Frontman Jae Laffer wrote the song back in WA —in the Pilbara region —and as such focuses on an issue endemic to the state; namely, it looks at its recent mining boom "through the eyes of my tourist self, taking in the extremes of the area for the first time and putting myself in the shoes of some of the local people who have watched and felt the rapid changes of the area".
"The land and industry is very visual up there, and [I] wrote it from the perspective of an older man describing the changing landscape of his ancestral home, seeing the beauty of a place being bought and sold in front of him," Laffer said in a statement.
"'Hole in your pocket' is the feeling of —despite what path, travel and actions you take — what you end up with can be very different than what you imagined, and out of your control. This, and the expansive feel and intent of the track, was a central feel of the album."
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The clip itself reflects the song's lyrical content by highlighting footage set among the region's mines,with towers and demountables and the encroachment of the industrial providing a stark juxtaposition to the expansive natural landscape that surrounds it.
The Panics will perform at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of the Saturday Night At The NGV event on 8 July.