Beta Camp is known for the kind of whirring and grandiose rock music that made their 2017 album Violent Honey a sleeper hit for the back half of 2017. With that record, the Detroit based quartet created a sonic atmosphere that felt both dense and inviting; soundscapes often felt like hazy, foggy nights and were complimented with lyrics that tell bone-chilling stories of self-realization and betrayal. It’s a dark record that often feels a little theatrical, but in a way that feels genuine to the band’s vision for how they wish to project the human condition.
In the time since the release of Violent Honey, Beta Camp has been working on the music video for “Devil On My Shoulder.” The video takes the universe that was born of the album and brings it to life; breathing a sharp Winter’s breath into the video’s gloomy tone and intermittent story. When it’s not performance, the video shows a fearful run for your life. Our protagonist is plagued by a demon that he can’t shake — one that he’s invited into his life but can’t get to leave, no matter how hard he tries.
The video peaks around the same time that the song hits critical mass, at the moment that sees the track shift from a story told around the campfire to a full-on bout with emotional upheaval that comes from a cathartic yelp of “I took your hand/It was burned and red and made me question/Everything I am/Well I guess I’ll never learn.”
“Devil on My Shoulder” is taken from Beta Camp’s debut album release Violent Honey. The album was recorded by Ace Enders (of The Early November). The song touches on the idea that we all have a dark side and addresses the constant fight to not lose oneself to that dark side. The video was directed and filmed by Corey Boland of Boland Films. Beta Camp will be performing with Mike Mains & Steppes at Café Rhema in Flint, Michigan on May 25th, 2018. They will also be headlining The Loving Touch in Ferndale, Michigan on August 3rd, 2018.
The music video for “Devil on My Shoulder” can be seen above. The track comes from their 2017 album Violent Honey, which can be purchased here.