This is Video of the Week from Wales Arts Review. We’ll be showcasing some of the best art in Wales with a new video shared every week. From music to drama and everything in between, videos will not be limited by medium. This week we’re looking at ‘Balls’, the new single from Welsh art-rock group HMS Morris.
For this week’s Video of the Week we’re enjoying the latest release from four-piece HMS Morris. The band have been a steady presence in the art-rock scene in Wales for a number of years, having previously earned nominations for the Welsh Music Prize and taken their music on tour across Montreal, Tokyo and Kyoto.
‘Balls’ is the third single from the band’s new album Dollar Lizard Money Zombie and explores the idea that being self-employed is a balance of privilege, freedom and instability. At its heart, the song is a rallying cry to keep going, even it feels impossible at times. “Hum the song in your head that makes you feel brave” and find a good friend who is willing to support you, however tough things get, seems to be the main advice.
That advice certainly seems to have worked for the band who continue to go from strength to strength, having grown from original duo Heledd Watkins and Sam Roberts, to include Billy Morley on guitar and Iestyn Jones on drums. For the ‘Balls’ video, the band were also joined by a host of special guests to put together the lively video which sees the whole cast dancing in the gymnasium of a school. Combined with catchy riffs and an up-tempo beat, it’s a feel-good rock anthem, sure to banish any back-to-school blues this autumn.
‘Balls’ is available to stream now from all the usual platforms.