New Video: Science and the Beat’s Seductive “Mean Streak”

If you’ve been frequenting JOVM over the past month or so, you might remember hearing about Science and the Beat, the goth music duo, comprised of multi-instrumentalists Tasha Katrine and Rob Zilla. Katrine and Zilla have had a lengthy history together, as they’ve been in a number of projects since their teens, including renowned Goth/Industrial project More Machine Than Man, a project that developed a reputation for a live show that employed the use of elaborate lighting and video installations.

As the story goes, the duo Katrine and Zilla became increasingly conscious of the expectations and demands that often develop with a long term creative project, and how they can frustrate and stifle the creativity that inspired the project in the first place. And as a result the duo were desperate to ensure that the main mission of anything they did together was that their creativity always had to have free reign.

Produced by Wade Alin, who’s best known for his work with Christ Analogue and The Atomica Project, the duo’s debut effort together, Future Blue reportedly is a change in sonic direction, and as you’ll hear on the album’s first single, “Mean Streak,” their sound consists of ominously swirling electronics, ragged synth stabs, a minimalist drum beat, Katrine’s seductive, breathily cooed vocals and an incredibly bluesy guitar solo at the song’s halfway mark. Sonically speaking, the song sounds as though it channels self-titled and Version 2.0-era Garbage but with an undeniably noir-ish feel that evokes shadowy and seductive people up to bad things that somehow feel so perfectly and irresistibly right.

The recently released video features Katrine gathering materials for a seance  or a Wiccan offering in a seductive fashion that fits the