Out now: Oliver Sim – Hideous Bastard

Oliver Sim unveils his debut album Hideous Bastard. Produced by bandmate Jamie xx, and featuring lifelong hero Jimmy Somerville. Taking inspiration from his love of horror films and his own life experience – exploring fear, shame, sexuality and masculinity.

Music from the album also soundtracks the queer horror short film Hideous, starring Sim and directed by Yann Gonzalez, which made its world premiere as part of the Semaine de la Critique at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Ambitious, provocative, revealing (and at times very funny) in equal measures, it’s a pitch-perfect visual accompaniment to the album.

“I very much see this album as a queer horror film, and I wrote ‘Run the Credits’ as the closing scenes of the film,” says Sim. “Sonically, I think it’s quite a joyous and celebratory song, but lyrically it’s quite open ended and has a lot of anger. It was also an opportunity to pay homage to some of the characters I love the most in cinema like Patrick Bateman and Buffalo Bill. I’ve loved those characters since I was a little boy. I never identified with the Disney princes or the action heroes—the villains and the final girls are the ones who excited me and who I aspired to be.”

Stream / purchase Hideous Bastard here.

Related Articles