Coming out of his shell from Philadelphia, Kurt Vile has been commanding the streets ever since he found his direction. Originally starting the prominent band The War on Drugs in 2005, he has earned the title of an effortless rock star. Due to creative differences, he wandered away from the group as his own lone wolf. Under the same genre of indie rock, neo-psychedelia, and folk, he has constructed music that breaks the barriers of the present moment. Typically spacing out while writing his songs, he crafts complex sonic spoken poetry delivered by his haunting vocal talent.
A strange Day In The Life for Interpol that blurs reality with fiction and psychedelia as they have an actual press conference in Mexico City — check the recording of the livestream — where a character played by actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach brings chaos to the table.
Paul Banks, Interpol:: “I like to describe the video for ‘The Rover’ as a prequel. It’s the origin story of the character described in the song, the birth of a cult leader. When we meet him he is partly unhinged. He’s a man on the verge, an artist subjected to great pressures, and beset with existential frustrations. A distracted hipster who enjoys psychedelics, let’s say.
The events that take place in Mexico City, be it a bump on the head, a visit to a shaman, or the influence of his rescuers (the street gang known as ‘Los Locos’) trigger the birth – the eruption – of this new figure, ‘The Rover.’ His rescuers become his first followers.
In the end of the video he exacts his ‘revenge’ on Interpol with a mischievous act of disruption during the press conference. He grabs me by the head – to save me? Forgive me? Or simply as a gesture of his new independence – the butterfly becoming."
A performance that starts simple and claustrophobic in stately b&w, before pulling back the curtain to let main Queensman Josh Homme strut his stuff like he's the star in a black metal version of Busby Berkeley.
Kurt Vile’s always been a bit of a troubadour, a la Beck, so it’s nice to see him play his gee-tar outside in the parking lot, a little bit unpretentious-like, as they say. Director Daniel Henry keeps this HARRYS-looking video moving fast enough to keep interest.
Little things, like the world ending, don't have quite the same effect on you if you're in love. Or, if you're covering The Cure like Georgia Hubley and her Yo La Tengo bandmates are in this first video off new "covers and then some" album Stuff Like That There.
Directors’ Statement: "Somewhere between the prediction of a fully realized human-android and the
watchful eye of surveillance technology, lies a conception of the reality we intended to
create in “3Jane”. Depicted therein are the dichotomies between the persona of the artist
and her branded image, the human and the automata, the watched and the watcher, the
real versus the ideal, and the merger of these dualities. Presented is a dream-like
narrative scenario that touches on the inevitable union of humanity and technology. The
A very NYC day for Paul Banks of Interpol: Leering the eye candy, cursing out whoever gets in your way, losing a game of three card monte, getting overshadowed by your less famous bodyguard, and all sorts of other small indignities. At least there's a show that night to make everything all better...
PS: For those savvy butt watchers, the "babe on street" is played by supermodel and Bank's girlfriend Helena Christensen...