Local Frames: New videos from Wiping Out Thousands, Teenage Moods, Mayda, and more
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before.
While it's impossible to shine a spotlight on all of the great music video work going on around the area, Gimme Noise has created a regular segment, Local Frames, which will help bring some much deserved attention to a few of the standout videos of the moment from local bands or those filmed by local directors.
Here's our twenty-third installment of Local Frames, featuring ten recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.
Wiping Out Thousands - "Evening"
Within many local music circles, 2012 belonged to Wiping Out Thousands. The imaginative electro-clash duo initially drew fans in with some choice, intoxicating singles early in the year, before dropping their accomplished debut LP, This Came First, in the fall. The album built on the inventive promise suggested by their previous work, while also giving clear aural evidence that the band isn't going to be languishing in one sonic space for very long. If you needed any additional proof of this, WoT have just released an eerie, artfully restrained new track, "Evening," and the haunting video (produced by Matt Barnes and Joshua Bartz), featuring singer Alaine Dickman covered in stark white powder, only adds to the minimal track's ghostly allure. As with all of Wiping Out Thousand's work, the song is available for free download, and fans should certainly check it out to get a small glimpse of where WoT might be taking their sound in the future. As for now, the band is about to hit up Austin for SXSW, as well as a couple high-profile local shows headlining the Entry on March 24, and opening for Roster McCabe at the Cabooze on April 19.
Teenage Moods - "Rock Man"
This colorful new video for "Rock Man" finds the Minneapolis garage-rock outfit Teenage Moods in fine, catchy form. The raucous track is lifted off the band's supremely catchy 2012 full-length, Grow, which they recorded at Madison's Science of Sound studios. The group is celebrating the vinyl release of Grow with a sure-to-be wild free show at the Hexagon on Saturday night along with their musical compatriots Gateway District, The NPC's, and Ex-Nuns. Hopefully they bring the awesome cave featured in the "Rock Man" video with them to the show.
Mayda - "Your Infinity"
Mayda stylishly blends fashion and funk in her striking new video for "Your Infinity," which features the snazzy singer decked out in the latest sleek trends by local designer Laura Fulk. But make no mistake, this isn't a trendy jaunt down any runway -- this track flat out rocks, with crunchy guitars coming out of nowhere when the song's massive chorus kicks in. The video was directed by One Light Collective team of Stevie Kane and Alezander Zoltai, and finds Mayda displaying plenty of her assured attitude as the song continues to change pace. Anyone heading down to Austin for SXSW should seek out a Mayda show if you can, she definitely puts on a dynamic live show.
Poliça - "Dark Star (Live at the Cabooze)"
Back in August, local success-story Poliça made a triumphant return to Minneapolis after a long tour with a sold-out homecoming show at the Cabooze. Here's some sweet audio/visual proof of how enthralling their Saturday night set was, directed and shot by the talented crew led by Dan Huiting and Isaac Gale and mixed by producer extraordinaire BJ Burton. It perfectly captures the rhythmic quartet perfectly at ease performing in front of an outdoor crowd filled with their friends and family, and "Dark Star" soars as a result. The breakthrough band aren't resting on their past success, either, as 2013 finds them touring throughout the U.S. in April, including a sold-out show with Night Moves and Ronia at First Avenue on the 24th.
Actual Wolf - "Romeo"
This intimate, acoustic version of an unreleased Actual Wolf track, "Romeo," finds Eric Pollard performing alone amongst the sweet cowboy boots displayed at Vintage Mid Century Modern & Vino in Des Moines. It's the perfect backdrop for this plaintive, countrified number, which Pollard delivers with striking subtlety. Actual Wolf have a few shows lined up at SXSW, before returning back to Minneapolis for the Gravel Road Touring Showcase at the Cedar on April 5, featuring Chastity Brown and Barbara Jean, which should be a special night for sure.
STNNNG - "Brain-Dumb (Live on the Current)"
In the midst of destroying most of St. Paul a few weeks back with their double-venue record release blowout at the Turf and Big V's, STNNNG also found time to lay waste to the Current studios with a blistering live session. This version of "Brain-Dumb," a track which guitarist Nathan Nelson hilariously referred to as a "crotch-first" song when I chatted with the band prior to their record release show, is a potent example of why STNNNG is one of the best and heaviest bands we have going in the Twin Cities. Do yourselves a favor, if you haven't yet, pick up a copy of Empire Inward and really test out the speakers of your home stereo -- it will make this interminable winter end sooner.
Communist Daughter - "Soundtrack To The End (Sofar Session, Chicago)"
This spare, intimate performance from Communist Daughter features just frontman Johnny Solomon and Molly Moore playing to a small roomful of lucky fans somewhere in Chicago this past January. Solomon briefly jokes about how the band has a few songs featured on Grey's Anatomy, and how those royalties are still paying his rent. The pair go on to deliver a gorgeous version one of those indelible songs, "Soundtrack To The End," with Solomon and Moore's voices blending harmoniously as the deeply affecting song takes flight over the stunned audience who were fortunate enough to see them play.
Hollow Boys - "Hater"
The self-proclaimed gloom-pop trio Hollow Boys apparently (or jokingly) spent $5000 on this video for the track "Hater," and no matter the cost, it's certainly money well spent, as it brought the Minneapolis band's ethereal, beguiling sound to my attention and hopefully many others. The three bandmates are all enjoying lollipops throughout the video, which is timestamped with the date of New Year's Day in 1987, only adding to the track's throwback charm. The band has a new record coming out sometime in early 2013 called It's True, and they have a few cool gigs lined up in the meantime, including playing with Fury Things and Blue Ruin at the Entry on March 17th, and opening up Gospel Gossip's album release show at the Entry on March 21st. Hopefully, their own album release show isn't too far in the future, as I definitely want to hear more from Hollow Boys.
BdotCroc - "Pressure"
The young Northside MC BdotCroc caught the local hip-hop scene's attention with her excellent 2012 mixtape, Hear Forever. And now she has dropped her debut video from that collection, "Pressure," which is filled with quick-fire rhymes about local and national athletes as well as pop culture superstars, mixed in with the pure ambition of a bold new artist who is looking to find her way while also figuring out her artistic voice. This is an assured first step by BdotCroc in capturing the awareness of anyone who has been sleeping on her mixtape, and is bound to launch her into a higher profile within the area's burgeoning hip-hop community.
Kurt Vile - "Never Run Away (Live on Radio K)"
Kurt Vile made a surprise appearance in the fabled Radio K studios recently, recording a spirited solo session which features the premiere of his brand new song, "Never Run Away." The celebrated Philadelphian songwriter sadly didn't have any local gigs booked around his visit, so his area fans will have to wait until a proper tour in support of his forthcoming album, Wakin' On A Pretty Daze, which is due out in early April. Until then, you should just watch (and re-watch) this intimate acoustic performance of Vile's poignant new track, and hope we don't have to wait too long to see him perform this and his other new songs live for an audience of more than just those lucky enough to be in the Radio K studios on this day.
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