The Understudy drops his first single and video, “A River In Egypt” and it’s a black and white bop

After playing for alt-rock heavyweights like Zebra & Giraffe, aKING, Die Heuwels Fantasties and The Parlotones, Rob Davidson has opted for a solo reign under  ‘The Understudy’ – and his debut comes complete with music video for his single “A River In Egypt”. 

Filmed by Jerome Van Zyl, and directed and edited by Davidson, the DIY video sees a dazed and confused Rob stumbling around a room littered with booze, pills, cigarettes and… an unidentified one-night-stand?

To visualise Davidson’s more commercial-pop sound with darker undertones in lyrical content he has opted for a black and white render. The lack of colour talks to a disconnected, drained state of mind from the monotonous routine that is smoke, drink, sex, repeat. 

Using a greyscale palette to translate the literal highs and lows of a person struggling with addiction and all the chaos that it encompasses, however, I find editors have to be very careful when rendering in black and white. If there is too much ‘background noise’ the video can feel scruffy. This is where the debut falls slightly short – with an over-cluttered black-and-white render which somewhat detracts from the scheme of things. 

That being said, it’s a banger of a pop debut, and I’m out here waiting on that album.