Five Worthwhile New Local Music Videos You May Have Missed.
In the past week or so, a handful of local acts released videos for songs they either released late last year or will be doing so shortly.
Is it just us or do local bands always seem to release their videos at the same time?
Anyway, most of the acts in this bunch — which include Ice Eater, Oil Boom, Buffalo Black, The Mohicans and The Outfit, TX — were featured on one of our year-end lists or another, which is to say that they're all worth your time.
So, if you somehow managed to overlook any of the artists or songs the first time around, well, now you've got yourself a nice little excuse to catch them again.
As dark and melancholic as the tales weaved on Buffalo Black's self-titled spaghetti western-influenced debut were, the nuclear-era war imagery in the just-released clip for “Warpaint” manage to add even more gravitas to the already-heavy track. The video's hazy red filter effect drives home the image of a government drugging and manipulating its citizens in an appropriately creepy manner, to boot.
If Ice Eater frontman James Jardine ever starts a set wearing a shirt, it usually doesn't stay on for long. That said, it's fitting that this clip for the single “Fort Tits” — released last fall as a split seven-inch with Son of Stan's “Noxeema” on the flip side — features a bare-chested Jardine holding court over a Funky Town backyard kegger. How many members of Fort Worth bands can you spot lurking in the shadows near the keg? Many. The answer is many.
Though The Outfit, TX's members are all Dallas natives, their songs always feature a heavy influence from their second home in Houston — and the December-released Cognac/Four Corner Rooms split LP is no exception. Same goes for the blurry imagery in this video, which finds Mel driving around Houston freeways with a bottle of Hennessy in the car in this, the album's first video.
As much as we dug the Fort Worth outfit's 2012 single — it wound up on our list of the best songs from that year — the video for the trio released for the song this week is a bit cutesy for our liking. In the band's defense, though, it's tough to pull off the whole literal-interpretation-of-the-lyrics thing without coming off a bit campy. In any case, it's a good excuse to revisit a track that we, admittedly, haven't listened to in a little bit.
Though it's been a minute since The Mohicans released any new material, emcee Dave recently dropped us a line saying that a new EP called Profectus is coming in the near future. The video for “STFU”, that upcoming EP's first single, “is inspired by what we think is wrong with the 'system' and other things that happened this year in current events,” according to the rapper. And, yup, it's as dark and ballsy as you'd expect.