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Video Clip of The Week: Publicist UK, “Away”



I find that, more often than seems to make sense, a very melancholy, gloom-tinged song can also be simultaneously uplifting. Maybe that only works if you are already a happy person at your core. I don’t pretend to have any answers regarding such philosophical matters; I speak only for myself. This week’s Video Clip — which is called “Away” by an American band called Publicist UK — fully embraces a super dark and foreboding vibe, and yet it also feels exhilarating: kind of what you might experience if you sensed the unavoidable approach of a bad break up with a person you loved, and yet knew in your heart was a total asshole. Because, with the pain there would also come an overwhelming sense of relief that could not be denied. Now that is a situation I can definitely speak directly to. But we are not talking about me.

On “Away”, vocalist Zachary Lipez explores what might happen if Scott Walker listened to Lloyd Cole’s “Perfect Skin” about a hundred million billion times and then decided to cover a lost Bauhaus song. Yes, it is that great. The song shifts aurally from tranquil to super heavy around the 3-minute mark without ever losing focus on the melody, while finely-nuanced drumming by Dave Witte (who also drums for Burnt By The Sun) serves the song while showcasing his exceptional percussive talents. Win win!

Visually, the clip opts for impressionism over realism, transitioning between grainy, black and white stills, stop motion, and action snippets, interspersing a fun recurring op-art effect of rapidly pulsating concentric red and black targets, all of which create dynamic visual engagement. I like it.

“Away” comes from Publicist UK’s debut album, Forgive Yourself, which you can digitally pre-order right now via Bandcamp and physically own on or after its release date of August 21st. Relapse Records is handling distribution. Enjoy!

Publicist UK Band Photo
Publicist UK Band Photo By Scott Colby

Video Clip of The Week: “Mood For Love” By The Gitas



If there’s one thing we find irresistible here at The Gig (and, trust us, there are many) it’s energetic retro-pop with an almost imperceptible dark edge. In today’s featured Video Clip, we find all that, and more, delivered direct to you from LA’s The Gitas, a powerful rock trio formed in late 2014 who are already kicking ass and taking names on the live circuit.

Visually, this enhanced performance video captures a propulsive live set while also embellishing the playful, artistic mood with superimposed, hand-drawn animation — which lends that touch of malevolence that we find so captivating. According to a press blurb, “Mood For Love” is more upbeat and poppy, contrasting with the other songs from the album, which shine light on issues in society today, personal or political. Lead singer Sasha Cheremov explains, ‘Mood For Love’ may sound like a happy song, but in reality it is just about a relationship that has no spiritual core — just sort of a game, a bluff… a cheater’s paradise.” Excellent.

“Mood For Love” is the first single off of The Gita’s debut album, Garland, which was released in January of 2015Recommended if you dig The Strokes, White Stripes, or T Rex, The Gitas also features badass drummer Brittany Maccarello and bassist Sal Ramazzini. Enjoy!

Gitas

Video Clip of The Week: Milk Teeth, “No Fun”


UK-based rock quartet Milk Teeth embrace a ferociously energetic Retro Grunge sound coupled with a Modern Metal edge and an adhesive melodicism throughout. And if that description doesn’t pique your interest, you may be dead between the ears. Who can say. Comparisons to Nirvana (which we also saw in this spot just last week) are unavoidable, but there are way worse things a new band could be guilty of than inspiring enthusiastic comparisons to one of the most important and influential bands of the last 25 years. So any haters out here need to shut the fuck up.

A trade off of Melodic vs Aggressive vocal interplay between bassist Becky and guitarist Josh is a compelling highlight of this great clip, which mixes various scenes of the band’s wildly kinetic live shows with snippets of on-tour hang out activities, such as going to the zoo or hula-hooping back stage. Not only do they look like they are amazing live, but they also seem like they would be cool guys to hang out with. Win Win!

Milk Teeth released its latest EP, Sad Sack, earlier this year via Hopeless Records. I can’t imagine that it isn’t excellent. Like them on the FaceBook at This Link Enjoy!

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Video Clip of The Week: Creepoid, “Dried Out”



Wow! When was the last time you heard somebody compare a current rock tune to a track from Bob Mould’s 1994 masterpiece, File Under: Easy Listening (recorded with his band Sugar), or an infinitely less dreary version of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box”? Never? Yeah, probably. And yet, that is what we most want to convey about this week’s featured Video Clip, Creepoid’s “Dried Out,” off the band’s new album Cemetery Highrise Slum (what a great title!), which was just released on Collect Records. And that is high praise indeed.

The band explains that the video “was filmed the day after the last show of our US tour this Spring with A Place To Bury Strangers.” The Mitchell Wojcik-directed clip was shot on location at California’s Salton Sea (an enigmatic place of myth and legend if there ever was one) and features Kurt Heasley of Lilys playing a prominent role.

Maybe we’ve watched too much Breaking Bad, but what we can’t help but think of every time we see footage taking place in an arid, desert-like landscape are those scenes of Walt and Jessie meeting up with Gus and his various malevolent henchmen in a trailer out in the middle of nowhere. Much like those tenuous negotiations, the story told in this video doesn’t end well for anybody involved.

Find Creepoid’s US summer tour dates listed below. Enjoy!

Creepoid Band
Creepoid photo by Jammi York

Creepoid Tour Dates

Video Clip of The Week: Temple Invisible, “Everything From Above”



There are certainly equal measures of intense, captivating beauty in both the aural and visual aspects of this week’s featured video clip, “Everything From Above” from Temple Invisible, the trip-hop/Industrial musical project of Irina Bucescu, Costas Ivanov and Daniel Olteanu – three multi-instrumentalists from Bucharest, Romania. I’m a huge fan of trip hop, but I also watch a lot of Science Fiction films, and I can hear this song on the sound track, or perhaps played over a powerfully disquieting end-credits — of a film like Ex Machina or Europa Report — or any film where the Robots are smarter than the Humans, or a perceived paradise is not quite the Shangri-La it appears to be.

The computer-generated video, created by Dutch artist Julius Horsthuis, who specializes in creating fractal environments, is so richly detailed, you can watch it almost endlessly, as it continues to draw you further into the song’s rich fantasy landscape. The band describe the song and video concept below:

“Seeing everything from above doesn’t necessarily indicate towards a high standing point from which you can observe what happens bellow, though partially it does. Mainly, it is about going deep inside — entering the space which offers one the whole perspective and exploring the subconscious mind.”

“Everything From Above” can be found on Temple Invisible’s expanded edition of its EP, Enter, out now. Welcome to The Machine. Enjoy!

Temple Invisible

Video Clip of The Week: Tijuana Panthers, “Front Window Down”



Making an appearance here on The Gig’s Video Clip of the Week for an unprecedented THIRD TIME (Woo!), Long Beach rock trio Tijuana Panthers serendipitously capture both the elation of the beginning of summertime, and the sweet melancholy of summer’s end, in their latest video for the sublime tune, “Front Window Down. I love this band.

Visually, this is a fun, no frills clip of the band “performing” a small living room, with super-imposed images of bassist/lead singer Daniel Michicoff rocking out on the vocals, sometimes with a cigarette nonchalantly dangling from the corner of his mouth. A wash of jangly, surf rock guitars buttressed by a viscerally sludgy bassline, this exuberant burst of aural energy takes me back to the surf-garage rock revival of late ’70s / early ’80s California, and it’s all good. “Front Window Down”comes from the band’s upcoming fourth album, Poster, which, perhaps appropriately, will arrive on August 28th (via Innovative Leisure), right in time to reflect on this summer and summers past. Enjoy!

Tijuana Panthers Press Photo 2015

Video Clip of The Week: Telepathe, “Night’s Spell”



Maybe it’s just me (it usually is), but this week’s Video Clip from Brooklyn-based, multi-instrumentalist femme duo, Telepathe, reminds me both aurally and visually of the late Laura Branigan’s borderline disturbing video for “Self Control”. Because, the eighties!

But seriously, “Night’s Spell”— culled from the duo’s upcoming sophomore release, Destroyer (BZML Records) — embraces a pleasant synth-pop feel, propelled by a simmering tribal beat, accompanied by hypnotic vocals and a truly stimulating visual of a woman clad in a somewhat futuristic golden unitard thing, gliding about in front of pretty colored lights. What’s not to love? “Night’s Spell” has it all!

Telepathe is comprised to two very obviously talented ladies, Busy Gangnes and Melissa Livaudais, who quit their day jobs and relocated to Los Angeles to record the album in a few short and intense months. “Melissa and I decided to leave NY for a couple of months during the winter to write and record this new album,” Busy explains. “We rented an apartment on Sunset Boulevard. At the time we were reading a lot Science Fiction and researching California cults, which became themes that seeped into our music.” After watching the video, perhaps you will concur.

Providing further juicy background, the band’s latest press release offers, “With nods to freestyle Miami beats and Madonna’s early work, Destroyer is a focused cacophony of layered beats, synths and vocals bemoaning the complications and misunderstandings of relationships.” I feel them on this. Destroyer hits the streets on August 7th, 2015. Like them on the FaceBook at This Link. Enjoy!

Telepathe Destroyer Cover Art