Alex Cameron’s debut Jumping the Shark was a sketch of a character burnt out, hopeless, and out of time.
Forced Witness colours in the lines, showing how far two cowboys of the modern wasteland – Cameron and business partner Roy Molloy – can take a good idea with a little extra gas in the tank. Draped in 20th Century romanticism, Forced Witness is Springsteenian sentiment through New Wave sheen: doom is inevitable, love must be cherished, happiness is far from guaranteed, but the struggle needs a helluva beat. It’s a genuinely moving and ingenious portrait of people failing each other and themselves, over and over, in the same damn ways.
Forced Witness is out September 8 via Inertia.