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WONDERboom releases ‘Praying Mantis’ video

Spoiler: anything involving a praying mantis never ends well.

31 Jul 2018 / Opinion / written by Tecla Ciolfi / Pics by Anton Van Straaten

WONDERboom’s new video for their electro-tinged single ‘Praying Mantis’ is a trippy narrative, directed, animated and edited by the band’s artistic collaborator Roger Williams.

Shot on location at Phoenix Studios in Johannesburg and the picturesque beach of Llundudno in Cape Town, the video is a Sin City-like telling of a femme fatale who seduces an unnamed protagonist – presumably the entire band.

“We wanted to write an animated fantasy story,” explains vocalist Martin Cito. “It’s the realisation that your demise is inevitable and although she has to do it, she still feels devastated taking you out. Usually the black widow is chosen as the cruel woman in the femme fatale type setting, and The Cure’s Lullaby was definitely inspirational in this case, but we chose the praying mantis – the females decapitate their male lovers after mating.”

“I wanted to explore ways to visually express the emotions that the song inspires in the listener. Or to find a visual metaphor to interpret the lyrics with,” declares Williams when questioned about his creative execution.

“To achieve this, I worked with Tina Rusin, a young, but highly accomplished dancer from Germany. The idea came about to shoot slowed dance sequences of Tina, to try and communicate the mood of the song, and also to give personality to the character she portrays, i.e. the Femme Fatale. In contrast to these sequences of Tina, we wanted to show the band in a melancholic atmosphere where they appear weak and vulnerable. As if they are each caught in the grip of the Praying Mantis.”

I’m still reeling from the fact that WONDERboom weren’t nominated for a SAMA this year (nope, never gonna let this one go). But despite that absence of recognition the group are charging forward like it ain’t no thang, launching a nationwide acoustic tour that kicks off end August. Watch the video and check out the tour details below.

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WONDERBOOM will perform their two act, unplugged show around South Africa on the following dates:

  • 31 Aug – Rustique Boutique, Middelburg
  • 06 Sept – Barnyard Silverstar, Krugersdorp
  • 15 Sept – Casalinga, Muldersdrift
  • 21 Sept – Barnyard Plett
  • 22 Sept – Vinyl, Cape Town
  • 23 Sept – Café Roux Noordhoek, Kaapstad
  • 27 Sept – Barnyard Emperors, East Rand
  • 28 Sept – Barnyard Rivonia, Johannesburg
  • 13 Okt – Barnyard Casterbridge, Witrivier
  • 25 Okt – Musiekskuur (Rockwood Theatre), Pretoria
  • 26 Okt – Caversham Mill, KwaZulu-Natal
  • 03 Nov – Die Ou Pastorie, Brits
  • 10 Nov – Radium Beer Hall