Hokum release new single: “The Caress”

Hokum has released a new single entitled “The Caress”. They’ve also released a cinematic video for the song. The band (previously known as Marlowe) is a three-piece progressive rock band, hailing from Johannesburg, South Africa.


As Marlowe, they played all the major festivals in South Africa, and at the time were the biggest heavy rock band in the country. Under Hokum, the band have plied countless more hours in the practice room and on the live music circuit.

Hokum - The Caress

Scott Wareham (Hokum vocalist and guitarist) explains “The Caress”

“The Caress is both personal and existential, the latter being a play on the ‘male gaze’ (meaning that its inverted and shoved inward). I ended up combining that idea with the idea that all perception is corruptible. All of this is underpinned by the emotion and chaos of sex.”

“The video is mostly dark with a lot of quick cuts and uncomfortably close shots, some blurred. We wanted people to feel an almost oppressive ‘closeness’, a disorientation, and a metaphysical grip. We each chose a primary colour (Scott: Red, Conrad: Yellow, Rory: Blue) and added the colour bursts where it felt right in the context of the shots and the song. We really loved creating the video; I’d say as much as actually recording the song….”

Check out the video for “The Caress”below:

You can download / stream “The Caress” (released via Mongrel Records) HERE.

More info about Hokum

The trio released their debut album, ‘The Money Eaters’, in 2010. One of their songs, ‘The Emerald’, found heavy rotation on various radio stations (Mix FM, 5FM) and the track, ‘Touch Power’, was playlisted on Tuks FM and other varsity radio stations.

They have since played Oppikoppi festival, and Krank’d Up with the likes of 36Crazy Fists and Monuments. The fan base has grown considerably and continues to grow, with interest being shown locally and around the world from the USA, Australia, and Germany, as well as Russia and Canada. 2020 has seen Hokum releasing two new singles “The Caress” and “Tonight is your Night”. Both songs are taken from their anticipated studio album Human Sex Equation.

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