There is a genre of fiction called Southern Gothic. Once used as a pejorative, per Wikipedia, it “employs the use of macabre, ironic events to examine the values of the American South. … It uses the Gothic tools not solely for the sake of suspense, but to explore social issues and reveal the cultural character of the American South – Gothic elements often taking place in a magic realist context rather than a strictly fantastical one.”
Delta Rae is a band formed in Durham, North Carolina. Wikipedia lists their genres as blues-rock, country rock, folk-rock, and roots rock. I wasn’t all that familiar with them so a little research turns up that three of the members are siblings. They don’t appear to have been originally from the South but their music – at least this song – seems to be heavily influenced by the Southern Gothic genre.
This song is actually a couple of years old but it was new to me. It reminded me in some way of the song “S.O.B” that I posted about a while back. Not in terms of sound necessarily but in terms of that Southern gospel feel.
I was puzzled by what the video was about until I realized she was a witch being brought to trial. Well, the song isn’t about that per se but it inspired that thought in the group:
“Brittany, our sister, was just able really to carry the character in such a way that — I couldn’t even necessarily have envisioned that. We loved the idea of her starting off the role as a victim, and by the end of it having transformed into the leader of this mob.
The audience starts off thinking that she’s being falsely accused as a witch, and by the end of it, she’s more powerful than anyone would have imagined. I thought the story arc of it was really exciting, so we just ran with it. You feel scared for her then you feel scared of her.”