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Video of the Moment #2938: Titus Andronicus

 
By on Thursday, 4th April 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

I have avoided posting lyric videos in the Video of the Moment slot unless they’re done really well. In the case of the newest video from Titus Andronicus, I think the visuals and where they were filmed are appropriate, almost painfully so, for who they are trying to address in the song. One of the first photos I ever saw of the New Jersey band looked like a candid shot of the entire group in front of the seated Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial. If you have ever had the opportunity to visit my hometown of Washington, DC, and be a tourist, you are probably aware that the memorial to our storied 16th president sits on the east side of the Reflecting Pool that was immortalised by the footage and photos from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech in 1963. Further, if you stand in the Lincoln Memorial and look due east, you will see a massive obelisk, better known as the Washington Monument. When I was a kid, I used to call it the Giant Marble Pencil.

In about half of this video for single ‘(I Blame) Society’, frontman and singer/songwriter of Titus Andronicus Patrick Stickles is seen passing off cue cards with the lyrics to another band member. In the other half, he and another man in a hoodie covered with band badges are stood in front of another, lesser-known obelisk (I’d guess probably in Arlington Cemetery?) where the cards continue to be passed off. What do the cards say? While the choice of words is certainly vitriolic, Stickles and co. cover ground on inequality and the death of the American dream that many of us in wish we had a platform like this from which we could say them. Handily enough, their upcoming sixth album is called ‘An Obelisk’, and it follows 2018’s ‘A Productive Cough’. Produced by Bob Mould, it will be released on the 21st of June on Merge Records. Want to read more on Titus Andronicus here on TGTF? Right this way.

 

Video of the Moment #2937: The Twilight Sad

 
By on Wednesday, 3rd April 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

Around the start of this year, The Twilight Sad released their fifth album. ‘It Won/t Be Like This All the Time’, the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave’, followed Robert Smith’s endorsement of the Scottish band and some impressive slots supporting The Cure. The latest new promo video to be unveiled from the still relatively new long player is the nonsensically titled ‘Shooting Dennis Hopper Shooting’, which guitarist Andy Macfarlane has admitted is a bit of a throwaway title chosen from an advertisement for the actor he happened to see flashing on his computer screen.

The song itself is about the negative feelings we have and negatives actions we take after a breakup. For the music video, the group went into another direction entirely. Frontman James Graham found old Super 8 reels from the ‘60s among his grandfather’s belongings; these reels were processed with colours, and the band projected them on the abandoned Govanhill Baths in Glasgow. The overall mixture of untouched film, processed film and the actual baths as they exist today combine for a disorientating experience that matches the glitchy art aesthetic the Twilight Sad were going for on the cover of ‘It Won/t Be Like…’ awfully well. Sonically, the visuals match the energetic song. Watch and listen to ‘Shooting Dennis Hopper Shooting’ below. ‘It Won/t Be Like This All the Time’ is out now on fellow Scots Mogwai’s Rock Action Records. Catch up on all our past coverage on The Twilight Sad through this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2936: Middle Kids

 
By on Tuesday, 2nd April 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

While we’re still talking about SXSW, we shouldn’t forget that Australian trio Middle Kids were the buzz kids of SXSW 2017. Last year, they released their debut album ‘Lost Kids’ on Domino Records. Later this year will see the release of their latest new music in the form of a six-track EP. ‘New Sounds For Old Problems’ sounds like something Stuart Murdoch and Belle and Sebastian would cozy up to after ‘How to Solve Our Human Problems’, eh? They’re previewing the upcoming EP with lead single ‘Real Thing’, a full-bodied track welcome as part of their growing oeuvre. Check out the song and its official promo video below. Want more on Middle Kids right here on TGTF? Use this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2935: Lucy Rose

 
By on Wednesday, 27th March 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

Back in January, Lucy Rose previewed her then upcoming next album with the video for ‘Conversation’. (You can watch it in full in this previous post on TGTF.) Last Friday saw the release of ‘No Words Left’, the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Something’s Changing’. This week, we have for you another cut from the album in video form, this time for ‘Treat Me Like a Woman’. Like the promo for ‘Conversation’, this one was filmed in a minimalist way and in black and white, as if to play down Lucy’s trademark blonde hair. Given the inspiration for the song – her reflection on how she has been treated differently from her male peers in the course of her career – the treatment makes total sense. Watch and listen to ‘Treat Me Like a Woman’ below. ‘No Words Left’ is out now on Communion Records (the UK) and Arts & Crafts (North America). Looking for past coverage on Lucy Rose on TGTF? Come through.

 

Video of the Moment #2934: Two Door Cinema Club

 
By on Wednesday, 27th March 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

Two Door Cinema Club kind of went underground following the release and promotion of their 2016 album ‘Gameshow’. (Read my review of the polarising long player through here.) About 2 and a half years later, the Irish trio are back with ‘Talk’. As a commenter on YouTube quipped, 9 years ago the band enjoyed announcing ‘I Can Talk’; now they’re telling others to “just do it” and have an opinion. Presumably a new album is on its way? We shall see. In the meantime, regale yourself with the ‘Talk’ video below. All of our coverage on Two Door Cinema Club here on TGTF through there.

 

(SXSW 2019 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2933: APRE

 
By on Tuesday, 26th March 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

The day before I left for Austin APRE unveiled a new video. In case you somehow missed it, I previewed their appearances at SXSW 2019 in this Bands to Watch feature. ‘Gap Year 2008’, released by Charlie and Jules last month as a stand-alone single, is arguably their most singalongable (is that a word?) yet, filled with la la las and unlikely like anything you’ve ever heard of. Merging acoustic and electronic elements with that infectious chorus was already a great feat. In the official promo for the single, the pair appear to be on some kind of unusual plane trip, with a group of all too agreeable travel companions, except for a selfie stick duel. On a piece of paper is scrawled the message, “it’s not the arrival, it’s the journey”. There’s clearly something wrong with you if you don’t chuckle a few times watching this below. Stay tuned for more on APRE at SXSW 2019 very soon.

 
 
 

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