Once labelled by the legendary British radio DJ John Peel as "one of the 10 best bands in the world you've never heard of", HDU emerged from Dunedin in 1994. They outgrew the confines of their southern base and moved to Auckland where word of the band's charged live performances spread. Their demos earned them a cult following on student radio and a deal with Flying Nun. The "psychedelic punk" rockers have released three albums, including 2008's Metamathics.
In this performance-based High Dependency Unit (HDU) music video, directed by Dunedin musician and visual artist Nigel Bunn, a roving fisheye camera lens provides a suitably edgy vibe. The jittery black and white visuals evoke paranoia films like Repulsion, Eraserhead, and local classic Kitchen Sink. The clip builds up a broiling intensity, through judicious use of sped-up motion, original povs, and flash cuts that match the sonic boom tempo of HDU's trademark wall of sound.
Mesmerizing electron micrography featuring the infinitesimal workings of a time piece adds appreciable value to the remix of this mid 90s track. Sparing use of colour, and the inaudible rantings of a semi-clad man serve to compound the complexity and appeal of this slightly disconcerting clip.