Prism Tats has just released a new video for “Daggers,” one of the more menacing tracks featured on new album Mamba. Directed by Jonny Look (Cass McCombs, Grizzly Bear), “Daggers” delivers its brilliantly twisted humour as a grainy home-video.
With its sonic complexity and understated emotional depth, Mamba has a double meaning to its title. “It’s the name of a venomous snake, and in my hometown it’s a slang term for the biggest or meanest of something,” van der Spek points out.
Originally from Durban, South Africa, van der Spek relocated to the U.S. after years of playing in local bands and working on solo projects. In 2014 he founded Prism Tats, and in 2015 landed a deal with ANTI- after being discovered at SXSW.
As he explains, the word mamba ultimately embodies the sense of fear and defiance threaded throughout the record and especially evident in its epic title track.
“The song is partly about letting go of that fear,” says van der Spek. “When I say ‘Give me the mamba,’ I mean ‘Give me the whole experience’: the good and the bad and everything else that might exist in between.”
1. Venomous Slang
5. Ocean Floor
6. The Liar
7. Live Like Dogs
8. Gloom Tomb