Tag Archive | Video

Video Clip of The Week: Ex-Cult, “Clinical Study”

I understand that Memphis-based Ex-Cult were once called Sex Cult, but received some kind of cease and desist order from a New York label with that name, so had to change the band’s moniker to Ex-Cult. It all worked out for the best, I think. Ex-Cult is a much better name anyway, as Sex Cult just sounds like you are trying too hard. And that is never good.

Anyway “Clinical Study” is a fantastic song served perfectly by a very understated video accompaniment. No bells and whistles needed, just a super-tight delivery that is inherently menacing but still melodic — maybe a little bit like Eagulls with frenetic, Buzzocks-y guitars. Singer Chris Shaw, strikes a charismatic figure on stage and reminds me in equal parts of Ian Curtis and The Fall’s Mark E. Smith. At just 2 minutes 14 seconds, this (mostly) black and white performance video tells you all you need to know. I bet these guys are amazing live. RIYL: Black Flag, Joy Division, The Fall. Enjoy!

Ex Cult Cover Art

Video Clip of The Week: Cotillon, “Before”

A former Bedroom recording project-turned-live band, Jordan Corso is the singer/songwriter behind LA-based Cotillon. Cotillon’s press release / bio explains that the project was “originally intended to illustrate the difficulty of maintaining relationships in LA in the spirit of the french new wave,” which I find fascinating.

Aurally, “Before” blends the wistful, lo-fi California sound of a group like Kid Wave with the minor chord gloom of The Cure circa 1982’s Pornography. The video, written and directed by Laura-Lynn Petrick, seems to switch between shots of a young lady aboard the Staten Island (or similar) Ferry, and old home movies of Southern California or Florida (some place where they have palm trees) shot on color stock that has now started to turn pale pink and blue, because that is what old color film does. It sets an appropriate mood to accompany the music, which will have special appeal for goths, and people on the verge of nodding out. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Cotillon’s self-titled debut album was released by Burger Records on January 26th, 2015. Enjoy!

Cotillon Cover Art

Video Clip of The Week: “Mistake” by Honduras

Hey, do you like the late ’70s Punk Rock? I sure do. Even before I read a single word about this band, Honduras, I listened to their great tune, “Mistake,” and was so cheered by the song’s seamless infusion of subtle yet tangible influences of early Red Kross (yes, I just typed that) and The Buzzcocks. Oh boy, who even does that anymore? Answer: No one. No one does it.

So, imagine my level of ecstatic delight when I read that Honduras‘ founding members, Patrick Phillips (vocals/guitar) and Tyson Moore (guitar/vocals) are actually inspired by late 70’s punk (emphasis mine), but (quoting from Press Release) “[are] mixing in aspects of garage and indie music that followed. Honduras played Brooklyn’s DIY venue scene tirelessly and garnered a reputation for amazing live performances, being compared to bands like The Sex Pistols and The Buzzcocks.” I enjoy reading stuff like that, because it just validates the fact that I know my shit. I can’t believe how much I rule.

Another thing I like about “Mistake” is how it mixes art in with the music by having brightly-colored paints poured over the lead vocalist’s head repeatedly. So simple, as yet so effective. Having two EPs under their belts, Honduras’ upcoming debut LP will be released in the spring of 2015! Like them on the FaceBook at This Link! Enjoy!

Honduras Band Press

Video Clip of The Week: Night Riots, Contagious

Back in the day, my friends and I used to the affectionately refer to the Post-New Wave Dance tunes played on LA radio station KROQ as “Butt Music.” I don’t remember why, exactly, but I do recall that it seemed entirely appropriate to do so at the time. Butt Music (also branded as the Rock of The Eighties) was a musical phenomenon that included bands like Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, ABC, Flock of Segulls, Adam Ant, Spandau Ballet and A-Ha, among countless others. I listened to all of it, because it was awesome. Also, Boys Wearing Make-Up. Yes.

And that brings us to this week’s very excellent Video Clip: “Contagious,” the latest single from Night Riots. Despite the group’s distinctly Euro vibe, these guys are actually from San Luis Obispo, California — so, props for that. With its Ultravox-y synths, staccato drums and lead vocalist Travis Hawley’s uncanny resemblance to a genetic hybrid of Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley and Phil Oakey from Human League (seriously, what a babe!), “Contagious” makes me Jones for the beloved Butt Music of my youth.

Night Riots‘ new EP, Howl (on which this tune can be found), is out now on the Sumerian Records label, and their sophomore full length, Oh, My Heart, is in the works. Like them on the FaceBook at This Link! Tour Dates are below. Enjoy!

Upcoming Shows:
02/15 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers
02/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Shop (w/ Hayley Kiyoko)
02/20 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Slo Brew
02/21 – Bakersfield, CA @ B-Ryders
02/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
02/27 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
02/28 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
03/02 – Kansas City, MO @ recordBar
03/03 – St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
03/05 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
03/06 – Covington, KY @ Madison Live
03/08 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
03/09 – New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
03/11 – Springfield, VA @ The Empire
03/16 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic w/Pianos Become Teeth
03/22 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
03/25 – San Diego, CA @ HOB Voodoo Room

Night Riots Band

Video Clip of The Week: Knifight Cover David Bowie’s “Breaking Glass”


When it comes to a band covering even the most obscure songs by legendary artists, there are two schools of thought. One believes that the cover should take artistic license so as to “stand out” from the original, while the other prefers a faithful, respectful interpretation that bears close resemblance to the version everyone already knows and loves. I tend to fall into the latter category, which is why I do not enjoy seeing Bob Dylan in concert.

Austin heavy post-punk band Knifight get so many things right with their take on a classic, yet not widely known song from David Bowie’s Low album. This cover of “Breaking Glass” is a unique track not included on their forthcoming album, V. So, there’s that as well.

Visually, the band made the right choice to go with mostly abstract, pixelated/kaleidoscopic designs with a few film stills thrown in for balance. Aurally, the instrumental arrangement gets the feel of Carlos Alamar’s guitar and Brian Eno’s mini-moog as close to perfect as you’d want them to be while still allowing Knifight to insert its own identity into the track. But What I love so much about singer John Gable’s vocal performance on this clip is how it really showcases the profound influence that 60s pop icon-turned-avant-garde recluse Scott Walker had on the development of Bowie’s own vocal style. Whether that was intentional or not, Gable really nailed it.

V will be available February 10th, 2015 on LP, CD and download via KnifightMusic. Enjoy!

Knifight Band

Video Clip of The Week: Hooton Tennis Club, “Jasper”

Do you enjoy the Brit Pop? I sure do. I just got this clip for Hooton Tennis Club’s sublime new song, “Jasper” and I cant’ stop playing it, because it reminds me that (98% of the time) the Brits just do music better! You know I’m right. Also, I love that the video looks in places like it should be 3D even though it isn’t. With the ubiquitous chimey guitars we’ve all come to expect and love from the Brit Pop, I also appreciate the bright snare tones and the overall low key humor inherent in this clip. As James Brown once said, “I Feel Good!”

“Japser” (b/w “Standing Knees”) is Hooton Tennis Club’s debut single, out February 24th, 2015 on Heavenly Recordings. Two thumbs way up!

Recommended if you like: Teenage Fanclub, Pavement, Guided By Voices. Enjoy!

Hooton Tennis Club have a smattering of U.K Tour Dates coming up, as follows:

Jan 25 – Hebden Bridge – Trades Club (Heavenly Weekend)

Feb 6 – Sheffield – The Harley *

Feb 13 – Nottingham – The Chameleon Arts Cafe *

Feb 15 – Leeds – Brudenell Games Room *

Feb 16 – Wakefield – Unity Works Minor Hall

Feb 20 – Liverpool – Shipping Forecast

Feb 24 – Manchester – The Castle

Feb 25 – Bristol – Louisiana

Feb 26 – London – The Macbeth (Free)

Hooton Tennis Club

Video Clip of The Week: The Amazing, “Picture You”

For your listening and viewing pleasure on this fine Sunday morning, Sweden’s The Amazing present the video for “Picture You” — a visual accompaniment to their new album’s artwork that will develop over the course of three videos. “Picture You” was filmed in London, but is intended to be seen as a generic cityscape. The French New Wave inspired clip follows actress Tamsin Topolski as she wanders through a cold, modern landscape, filled with anonymous yet familiar faces.

Directed by London design firm Shilling & Shilling, the directors explain that, “The concept was to bring the album and single artwork to life over 9 minutes and getting the 2 parts of the song to work well together, and also being distinct from one another. [We wanted to capture] the idea of normal people being part of the narrative, while also having a protagonist that holds the whole thing together.”

The Amazing inhabits an aural landscape that’s all its own: a panoramic, constantly evolving spectacle marked by layers of intertwining guitars, richly textured keyboards and a rhythm section adept at skewed tempos and a tendency to veer off in unexpected directions. It would take a shelf full of thesauruses to describe the Swedish quintet’s music, but one word that keeps reoccurring is “psychedelic,” a characterization that Christoffer Gunrup, the band’s singer, songwriter and guitarist, dislikes. “I hate the word,” he says. “I have no relation to psychedelic music or prog rock. Reine (Fiske, one of the band’s three guitar players, formerly of Dungen) likes that prog stuff, and he’s very good with sounds, so he would be the one to blame for that.”

“Picture You” comes from The Amazing’s upcoming LP of the same name, due out on February 16th/17th, 2015 via Partisan Records. Enjoy!

The Amazing Band