The greatness of musician/producer Butch Walker is a subject that just takes too long to talk about. But be assured that Butch lives comfortably in the “Best Artist You’ve Never Heard Of” realm. On the basis of talent alone (which, let’s face it, counts for shit these days) he’s managed to endlessly reinvent himself and survive over two decades in the music business without succumbing to over-commercialization of his artist aesthetic. Not to mention, but you can see I am about to, the fact that Walker is possessed of an otherworldly voice that is right up there with the likes of Robin Zander and Jason Falkner.
For his sultry single, “Bed On Fire,” Walker unleashes a spellbinding visual companion. Filmed in Joshua Tree, CA and directed by Magdalena Wosinska and Snake, this mini-film has a woozy, dreamlike feel whose narrative staggers from biker gangs in sprawling desert vistas to corpse-painted attackers at a party. The visual metaphors serve to transform the track from siren song to murder ballad, albeit one in which the corpse-bride exacts her bloody revenge. This cinematic, warped Western that stars three generations of Walker men – Butch, his late father “Big Butch” (keep your eyes peeled for the snapshot in the truck), and his son Jamie Blue – will also satisfy your Sons of Anarchy jones.
Butch Walker’s seventh full-length album, Afraid Of Ghosts, will be released February 3rd, 2015 via Dangerbird Records. Enjoy!