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Video Clip of the Week: The Mantles, “Doorframe”

Hey, did you remember to set your clocks back one hour before you went to bed? I sure did. Because an extra hour of sleep is an extra fucking hour of sleep, bitches. I do not like to miss out on that, even if it only happens once a year, and the price paid by those of us with day jobs is having to wake up in pitch black darkness every weekday until April. You can’t fight it, so you just have to go with the flow.

Anyway, I hope you had a fun Halloween. This week’s Video Clip features the Bay area psychedelic pop band, The Mantles. I’m not going to overthink this one too much, because it’s Sunday after all: a day of rest. And I admit that I originally thought the band’s name was The “Manties,” which is hilarious. You can see I am already in a relaxed state, so please chill with me as we enjoy the Brit-Pop-y sounds of a song called “Doorframe — Brit-Pop-y, I say, because its hypnotic, chime-y guitars and laid back vibe remind me very much of a less megalomaniacal version of The Stone Roses. Visually, The Mantles throw in a few Inflatable Palm Tree props for effect as they perform outdoors on what looks like boardwalk area, which I am sure was freezing. The post production adds layers of kaleidoscopic textures to an overall carefree video, emphasizing the fact that, while spring is still six months away, it can live forever in our minds.

The Mantles latest CD, All Odds End (Slumberland Records) was released on October 16th, 2015 and is available on iTunes and wherever fine music is procured. Enjoy!

Mantles Band
Mantles, Photographed by David Armstrong

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Video Clip of The Week: Literature, “Kites”

Here at The Gig, we enjoy two things especially: those things being a jangly pop song accompanied by a psychedelic video. So it is that with Philadelphia-based quartet Literature we have a win-win situation!

I hate to say it, but Summer is (kind of) officially over at this point, so a great thing about “Kites” is that it extends the feeling of summer just a little longer with its chime-y guitars and dreamy vocals over engaging visuals of flowers and geometric designs washed together in a kaleidoscopic fashion. Trippy.

Literature — which is at least an original name, if not the most exciting in the world — recently released their sophomore album, Chorus via Slumberland Records available now on iTunes. Based on evidence presented here, I would imagine it is worth checking out. Enjoy!

Literature Band

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