‘Visions of Trees’ – video and behind the scenes…

After screening to a select audience at the Cube on Wednesday night, our video single for ‘Visions of Trees‘ is at last available for all to see. Louder Than War exclusively hosted the online premiere – thanks to Guy Manchester and the team there! You can now share it directly on your own blogs and Facebook walls and so on – and please do. See it here:



Behind the scenes…

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A story about the making of Visions of Trees by Annie Hysterical:

My good friend Gem Lye (known to many as the beautiful Burlesque dancer Miss Gemma Sheree) and I often meet for tea and talk about the world, art, music, films. I told Gem we wanted to make a video for ‘Visions of Trees’ and started to explain my idea. At the time I was thinking it should be an animation of a hand drawing the images of the lyrics. She liked the idea, as did Wes our good friend and manager, but then we got talking about films. Gem’s knowledge about films inspired me as she started asking if I had seen this or that.. I hadn’t seen any of them.. they were mostly horror films and I am a wimp when it comes to those. One of the things that always intrigued me about David Lynch’s ‘Lost Highway‘ was the bit about the CCTV footage being a memory the main guy couldn’t remember. The switching of the Patricia Arquette character from wife to someone else is also interesting. The idea of a female character switching between a victim and a perpetrator is nothing new, though. It was only the other day I watched a film that had the lead lady role played by Jean Simmons as a maid, stepping into the shoes of her employers dead wife – wearing her clothes, perfume, hairstyle, etc. Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ comes to mind too. When I was writing the lyrics these were the thoughts floating around that ended up in the lyric as – ‘no image picture maker, no grapevine, let me remember, how it happened‘. There are all kinds of ways we remember things – Cameras, gossip, social media… the character in the song, like the main character in ‘Lost Highway’, is seeking to find his/her own memory unfettered by outside sources. Once Gem and I had talked this through, she suggested I watch ‘Last House on The Left‘ by Wes Craven. His first film as director and writer; full of style, horror and slapstick that I really loved as well – as really horrible bits that I couldn’t look at – the hands in the intestines being one example. Here it is plain that Sadie ‘the animal like woman’ and Phyllis embody the roles of ‘perpetrator’ and ‘victim’ – although she starts out as the ‘rebel’, between Phyllis and Mari the former is definitely the ‘victim’.. Sadie and Phylis informed our characters in Visions of Trees; one hungry and crazed, depicted in front of the orange curtain; and the other frightened, confused, and searching for a memory that the camera tells her she should have. When we were talking through the murder scenes in both films we got to researching real murders in America, mainly, and we were surprised at what we could find. All the real police Crime Scene photos were at the top of Google. We took the photos of the Hillside Strangler serial killer cousins because weirdly they looked something you might see in a Vogue fashion shoot. The positions of these corpses became an inspiration for our murder scenes. We shot the video in Breech Woods outside Bath. We were told a bit about the history by Sarah, a friend of Gem’s, who took me and my friend Millie [also known as Jemima Surrender] on a tour. She told us that it had been a Medieval Plague Burial ground and the wood was said to be haunted. It certainly felt old and reminded me of the woods in ‘Last House on the Left’. We filmed it on two cameras, a Sony TRV20 Digital Video and a Kodak Play Sport DIS. Tom and I filmed it with help from [my daughter] Talula over a period of eight shooting days. There were early evenings in the summer and a day in the winter with the Detectives played by Jenny Howe [who played guitar in Vile Vile Creatures] and Samantha Lowe [ who played drums in Drunk Granny] were involved. I was also interested in the idea that a music video could be filmed by the band rather than the band being filmed. While my brother loves the camera, I don’t really. So, in the video there are always two camera angles. I edited at home on Final Cut express with additional help with editorial tweaks and a final colour grade from our friend Jamie Worsfold who has made our music videos for ’24 Hour Glass’, ‘Maths’, ‘Cycle One’ and ‘Icebreak’. So… that’s some of the story behind our 4 minute film! Check it out and keep in touch… and remember – to keep from fainting, keep repeating… it’s only a music video… only a music video… only a music video…

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Visions of Trees – single/live/video launch 30th September-2nd October 2013


“Visions of Trees is a kind of fairytale. A telepathic love story that gets nasty.”
– Annie in interview with GoldFlakePaint

Hysterical Injury are pleased to announce that Visions of Trees, the final single from their debut album Dead Wolf Situation, will be launched at a benefit event for Bristol Rape Crisis on 1st October this year. The event is taking place at Mr. Wolf’s, Bristol and will be followed the next night by a Hysterical Injury DJ set and exclusive screening of the brand new Visions of Trees video at the Cube Cinema.

Visions of Trees was named after the band of the same name, who have produced a remix of the track which will be released alongside it. The brand new ‘Palimpsest mix’ of Cycle One also features.

The video stars burlesque artist Miss Gemma Sheree in a four-minute mystery drawing on films such as David Lynch’s Lost Highway and Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left. In an interview with GoldFlakePaint about the album, Annie explained how Visions of Trees addressed “the idea of re-living your life via what the CCTV has captured, highlighting the schism between the image projected on to you, and your own image of things that happened”

In the build up to the single release, Hysterical Injury are proud to support The Primitives on several dates of their ‘25th Anniversary of Lovely’ tour.

Upcoming live dates:
Sat 31/8 – ArcTanGent Festival
Sat 7/9 – Annie solo in Tartu, Estonia
Fri 20/9 – Exchange, Bristol with Black Pus

The Primitives tour support dates:
Sat 21/9 – Moles, Bath
Thurs 26/9 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Fri 27/9 – Chinnerys, Southend

‘Visions of Trees’ release week:
Mon 30/9 – single release with exclusive remix by the band Visions of Trees
Tues 01/10 – live launch at Mr Wolf’s, Bristol (Bristol Rape Crisis fundraiser)
Wed 02/10 – video screening at The Cube microplex, Bristol with Hysterical Injury DJs
Thurs 03/10 – online video premiere

Hysterical Injury also appear at:
Fri 11/10 – Power Lunches, London (Carousel night launch)
Fri 18/10 – The Redhouse, Sheffield with Big Joan
Sat 19/10 – Carefully Planned Festival, Manchester

Please direct press enquiries (including access to remixes and live shows) to hystericalinjury@gmail.com

Icebreak video and b-sides

The ‘Icebreak’ video – another Hysterical Injury clip from the brilliant Jamie Worsfold of Pinhole Media – is out now. We’re grateful to Amazing Radio for hosting its premiere on their website. Check it out here and please favourite, comment and most importantly share it if you like it!

The download package for ‘Icebreak’ comes with two exclusive tracks – ‘A Bitchin’ Tone’, which is a remix of ‘Into the Cabin’ by Klad Hest (the Artist formerly known as Team Brick, now also known for Fairhorns, Beak> and much besides); and Annie’s solo performance of Cycle One on baritone guitar recorded at her Artscare podcast session.

You can buy the download package or tracks individually from our Bandcamp, or Amazing Tunes, or your download retailer of choice.

Dates coming up: we are really excited about…

LaDIYfest Sheffield (Saturday 3rd November)
Headlining upstairs at The Garage, London (Thursday 8th November)
tickets (cheaper in advance!)