THE HAUNT Dabble in French New Wave with “Cigarettes & Feelings”

November 8, 2019 by 1888media


A swirl of indie pop and post-punk with a devilish alchemy that summons both blues and beats, South Florida-based sibling-fronted teen outfit THE HAUNT wouldn’t be out of place at Vivienne Westwood’s late seventies London boutique; a new wave countdown on MTV’s 120 Minutes; baking in the sun at the Vans Warped Tour; or a dystopian dance club in space.

As part of a concept-based trilogy of singles based on otherworldly influences, THE HAUNT follow the release of their ominous debut track “Why Are You So Cold?” as they unveil a new pop-oriented melodic single, “Cigarettes & Feelings.”

Co-written with Christian Medice (Lovelytheband, P!NK, Hilary Duff), the track’s music video was inspired by French New Wave films, especially Jean-Luc Godard’s Masculin Féminin.

“Cigarettes & Feelings” features a bizarre love-triangle between 16-year old front-woman Anastasia, Alfonzo–an alien she’s befriended–and a handsome new love interest. ANASTASIA explains, “As I begin to fall in love with the new man, Alfonzo becomes more and more jealous, eventually leading him to accept defeat and wallow in his cigarettes and feelings.”

Lauded as the ‘Best Unknown Band‘ by Miami New Times following the release of their self-titled debut EP and a nearly sold-out global tour alongside Palaye Royale, THE HAUNT have returned to the studio to record new material for their sophomore EP –due early 2020– with acclaimed producer Matt Good (Asking Alexandria, The Word Alive, Stitched Up Heart).

To kick off the new decade, the group will play a show with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus on March 7 at Rock Crusher in Crystal River, Florida.

(Max, Anastasia, Natalie, Nick)“Breakout Artist” (2019)
– Rock Sound Magazine

“A young Florence Welch with far more attitude.”
– Xune Magazine

“A fast-moving train with one destination: emancipation.”
– HITS Daily Double

“Gothic edge, flashes of punk vibrancy and riot grrrl attitude.”
– Kerrang!


“The Haunt pierced the room with incessant mood,
scorching the glass ceiling with angsty seething.”
– Rock Revolt

“[The Haunt] are making the most of their formative years,
channeling young adult angst into ominous orchestral pop.”
– Miami New Times (2018)


“Channeling the likes of Karen O, Cat Power, Shirley Manson, Amy Lee (of Evanescence), Lorde and the ghost of Nina Simone, Anastasia is an indisputable talent, her powerful voice able to command your undivided attention.”
– Icon Vs Icon


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