Goth/industrial metal outfit VOSH recently unveiled their new single/music video, “Pray,” a track lifted from their forthcoming debut album, Vessel, slated to drop on March 3 via Trash Casual.
VOSH explains, “‘Pray’ is a song about undying devotion to a lover. We wanted to write something heavy, catchy, and driving. Something to dance or fuck to. This was one of the first songs we wrote together, and it encapsulates the heart of VOSH: distorted guitars, a cool mix of electronic and live drums, heavy synths, and vocals that are equally commanding and haunting. This is for the warehouse, the club, the stadium.”
Made up of Josephine Olivia (vocals, instrumentation), Chris Moore (vocals, instrumentation), Pat Vogel (guitar, bass), and Tim Bean (live guitar), VOSH’s sound merges elements of goth, industrial metal, darkwave, dream-pop, indie, and hints of pop into ruthless layers of reckless dynamism.
Recorded at Moore/Olivia’s shared home in the greater Washington DC area, Moore looped in longtime collaborator/producer/engineer Kevin Bernstein from Developing Nations in Baltimore for an assist on the mix with Magnus Lindberg handling the mastering.
“Pray” opens on thick, growling, chunking guitars pushing out dark muscular textures as low-slung, subdued percussion adds portentous throbs. Olivia’s voice, wickedly edgy and eerie, imbues the lyrics with spine-chilling devotion, giving the tune spellbinding surfaces.
“I don’t wanna die / I don’t wanna live forever / Unless it’s down / Beneath your feet / I wanna bow down / Beneath your feet / You know I want that / You know I want that bad / Pray / At your feet, on my knees, you are my religion.”
Awash in shadowy hues of red, the video, directed by Danny Siebenhaar, reveals visuals of esoteric erotica, infusing the images with visceral sensuality.
Smoldering with thrumming, ground zero atomic hurricane heft, “Pray” highlights the bewitching Medusa-like voice of Josephine Olivia.