Ladies and Gentlemen, girls and boys, dogs and cats (both domesticated and feral) .. it is time for American Pancakes Friday Five Favorite Fuh Videos! This is a new feature and since AP is first and foremost about music, they will, by and large, be music videos (but not always). Today we are sharing great songs with videos that didn't cost a million bucks to make, in fact, most probably cost about $69 or some beer and a pizza. Click on the titles to play them at their source (that way you can enlarge- customize your HD preferences yada yada). Enjoy!!
BLANK REALM - "Cleaning Up My Mess" Official Video
Blank Realm is this trippy alternative rock / post punk band out of Brisbane Australia. There sound can pulsate with all the fury of Thee Oh Sees on acid- (check out Acting Strange) or get trippy and psychedelic in an almost Growlers-esque beach goth way as is the case in Cleaning Up My Mess. The video directed by Josh Watson and filmed in Bowen Hills, Queensland, Australia has the spirit of a super eight home party movies. The guitar hook after the choruses are so damn infectious and Watson cuts to dirty fun in the bathtub to highlight these amazing eruptions in the song. Fun and chill and kind of bad ass- perfect for a Friday.
The Growlers "Salt On A Slug" feels like an insomnia induced carnival ride. The song is built on a creepy organ bed instead of their usual drunken guitar lines. The video seems to be compiled of public access footage and I gotta say that each one significantly adds to the trippy atmosphere of the song. Cool songs made even more weird by the images here. I like this alot and suspect I will view it about 12 more time today.
This video for the Cosmonauts sonic chomper "Motorcycle #1" blends motocross films shot on a wall with the band cast in layers of silhouettes. Simple but super effective especially when the song is so damn driven. Starting off with a hooky bass line it quickly falls into a tom tom beat. churning walls of guitars and vocals. Awesome.
Moody and brooding are used a lot when reviewers refer to Athens, Georgia band Twin Tigers. I would throw some other adjectives their way like lush, explosive, trippy, art rockish (is that an adjective?) and avante garde. In some ways they feel very much like a modern indie version of early Radiohead (circa Pablo Honey). They have that same tortured, angsty sound to their music. Twin Tigers melodies can lie in the pop shallows but the overall feel is very cool and arty. The video for Red Fox Run employs some of the trix of the trade for low budge music videos, acid burnt colors and public domain footage from gangster to horror to stripper videos.
Tipper Whore's "Two Sticks" is a bouncy fully erect new wavish "ooooh... ooooh" pop song that is perfect to pogo to. Tipper Whore's music sensibility sets somewhere between the doo wop punk of Hunx and His Punx and the almost cabaret art rock of Dante Vs the Zombies. Apart from the straight out fun, the vocal performance is superb. I really like this guys voice and the band has their chops down solidly. The video is a one shot deal with an array of people hiking by that you would definitely want to hang with. The tone is Blair Witch Project meets National Lampoon.