Kiss My Neck by The Mocking Jays
The Mocking Jays did that thing again where they release a new song that makes me cry at midnight. Now as much as I love The Mocking Jays, and I did do that thing where I got the opening line to this song tattooed on my arm, I’m going to give my honest opinion. I’m going to give my thoughts on the wonderful video as well as the song in general. So let’s get into this…
Now I’ve had the pleasure of hearing this song live 7 times now, and it’s a great song to hear live, so obviously I was really excited to hear the studio version… because if you know me, you know I love this song a little too much because it has a meaning to me that no song has before, and I’m just gonna say 18.05.18. And the fact that though a HELL of a lot of dark days it’s been like a comfort blanket for me. So this studio version was needed. Massively. And yes I cried as soon as I heard it… and yes I did listen to it the second it went live on Spotify.
So, when I first heard it yes, I started malfunctioning because it’s The Mocking Jays releasing a new single, like thanks, now I can annoy everyone again. But part of me was like, “do I love this as much as I thought I would?” and I listened to it again, and had the same thought. Because this isn’t the same sound as like Edge Of Your Knife, it’s still TMJ but it’s not the same sort of sound as what was on like EOYK, SOTB and TYH. But then the video went live… and I will talk about the video in a minute, but as soon as I was watching the video I was like “Yes, I do love this as much as I thought I would. If not slightly more.” The sound does the song justice. The sound really does compliment the song, and it’s still got the perfect TMJ elements it’s still the classic sexy, funky, dirty, pop. I absolutely love the song, but we kind of all knew I would, but maybe if you didn’t like the sound of like EOYK, you might like Kiss My Neck so I mean there’s no harm in giving it a listen. I mean it’s just over three and a half minutes… that’s not that long, and you may end up really liking it. Go check it out, what’s the worst that could happen. You don’t like the song? Great. You love the song? Amazing.
Moving onto the video…
I’m going to start by saying that Charlotte O’Rourke did such an amazing job in the video and she’s very talented. She definitely gave the video an extra something. And as much as she is the star in this video, Jay’s car is also a star. That’s all I’m saying. Highlights of the video is Charlotte being an absolute star, and Jay’s car. Could have literally been any of their cars and I’d still call it a highlight.
So to start with we get the best mic catch I’ve ever seen, so that’s something. The video is very professional, and it’s definitely something. It’s amazing, but it’s great how professional the actual video is. Like, this is like the bigger, bad-ass brother of Edge Of Your Knife. I also like how it’s not just the band playing the song, it’s more than that. It’s giving you a story. It’s giving the song more depth. A bigger way to interpret the song. Something to give it an edge and to stand out. The video is more put together than some larger artists videos, so that’s a big shout to the team that is behind Kiss My Neck’s music video. Honestly, you did a cracking job. And the video is insane. Honestly, the entire team that put that video together including TMJ have done an amazing job. Honestly, they deserve so much praise.
I do honestly feel like the video for Kiss My Neck shows The Mocking Jays’ true potential. It shows them off as a band and everything they are capable of. It’s professional, it’s quality, it’s well constructed, and well balanced between telling a story and seeing the band as a whole preform the song. It really does prove what the band is capable of, and everything they can achieve.
I cannot praise the video enough, the entire team have done such a good job of showing Kiss My Neck’s potential. From Nick Pilgrim and his crew who produced and filmed the video, to Joe Oscroft’s drone shots. I honestly cannot fault the video. If this video shows the potential of this band, then I am intrigued to see what the rest of the journey entails.
Overall, I’m going to rate this a solid 5 out of 5 lemons (because we don’t do stars round here). And honestly, I’m giving it a 5 out of 5 not because it’s The Mocking Jays, but because I honestly cannot fault the song nor the video. Everything works together so well to compliment one another. The video compliments the song, and the song compliments the video. The sound, the production, the angles, the story, everything.
Again, a massive well done/congratulations to Jacob Smith, George Ramplin, Alex Hather, Lewis Hammond, Sam Dorrington, Charlotte O’Rourke, Nick Pilgrim and his crew, Joe Oscroft and The Animal Farm for pulling this single off.
Music video filmed and produced by Nick Pilgrim and crew (Staffordshire University)
Drone shots filmed by Joe Oscroft (Oscroft Creative)
Track recorded and produced by The Animal Farm