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We’re delighted to bring you a new music video exclusive from the gloriously dark The Black Sheep Frederick Dickens. We caught up with frontman David Saunders to find out a bit more too.

“The song Sibling Rivalry is about the growing apart of brothers one of whom feels inferior to the other, using Frederick and Charles Dickens as a metaphor, but being from a large family it’s something I can relate with and tie the song into. It starts quite nice at the beginning, but as the song progresses it gets more and more bitter/angry/intense to symbolise it falling apart. There’s some hidden lines that reference Frederick’s life. ‘I know that you love me, safe in your wing. Under your shelter, you won’t let me sink’ references Frederick living in Charles’ house and nearly drowning in Italy, as well as the character of the same name in the book ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’. There’s a few more in there but they just come across as generic lines in a song as I didn’t want the concept to be too overwhelming. If you played that as a stand alone song you wouldn’t know.”

The haunting, brooding video embodies all of this, with Saunders as captivating a presence as ever on screen. Knowing when to take things off-kilter, this is The Black Sheep Frederick Dickens at their very best, and a video worth repeated plays and a song that’s destined for repeated listens.

The track is available on their EP which is on vinyl and digital download here.

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