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LA punks The Paranoyds talk “Carnage Bargain” video

“We’re living in the dystopian future”

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Los Angeles-based punk band The Paranoyds are anything but conventional. The foursome are on the cusp of releasing their debut album Carnage Bargain this coming September and have been making a lot of noise. Musically, they’ve got elements of proto, indie, and early punk- but have forgone conventional genre sensibilities to meld the best of punk’s frenzied urgency with the artful tones of indie rock’s most captivating sounds.

Fresh from the release of their latest music video for the title track, we spoke to bassist and vocalist Lexi Funston of the band to talk their sound, their music video aesthetic, and how today’s manic society has influenced their music.

I love the video’s aesthetics- where did the concept of the video come from? 

Funston: Staz has this digital camera that was probably top-of-the-line in 2007 or something. It takes classic “Myspace” type photos and really grainy, but nice, videos. We wanted it to feel like a video we would have made in high school.

How was the shoot? Where did you guys shoot the video? 

Funston: Everything was filmed during our most recent summer tour. There were some long drives, so when it felt right or if we needed a break from being in the van, we would pull over and film some stuff on the side of the road. America has a lot of beautiful landscapes. 

It continues on the creative, unconventional videos you’ve done- “Girlfriend Degree” and “Hungry Sam” previously. Were there music videos or films that have influenced your visual style? 

Funston: Our past two music videos were definitely influenced by like D-horror films, John Waters, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and things along those lines; we love being camp and over-exaggerating things. But this one was different for us–we just wanted to do something that was like a fun, summer sing-along. 

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You worked with drummer David Ruiz and Max Flick on the video- what were some of the reasons you felt they were the best choice for the video? 

Funston: David always had a vision for the scene whenever we would pull over to film something. He’s very patient and has a good eye. And we worked with Max on our previous video, “Girlfriend Degree”–he’s so good at what he does it’s crazy. He came to our rehearsal space and filmed us a few times and then took all the footage we took on the road and was able to turn it into a goofy, energetic video. Both David and Max definitely got across who The Paranoyds are.

So while the video is quite fun- the song itself is about something a lot of more serious (people higher up wanting to get all this evil work done at a wholesale price) right? Do you explore a lot of these themes on the new album? 

Funston: Lately, we’ve been writing more about contemporary events (it’s hard not to). We have songs about being an empowered woman, the ills of social media, cyber-stalking, etc… but we also have songs about having to do laundry on a hot day and wanting to be a bear to hibernate during winter. 

Was the idea for the video being a little less serious something you wanted to do and were there other ideas you thought about doing? 

Funston: Despite the lyrical content, the song itself is upbeat and we always imagined filming something that was more on the light-hearted side. 

The Paranoyds new album, Carnage Bargain, is set for release September 13th on Suicide Squeeze.

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Corridor get animated on “Topographe” music video

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Montreal indie rock band Corridor have just released the animated music video for their new track “Topographe”. The band recently signed to long-serving label Sub Pop Records and are preparing for the release of their new album Junior, due October 18th. The francophone band recently spoke about the idea behind the Monty Python-inspired video, with band member Jonathan Robert stating;

“It’s a melting pot of stop motion, green screen, illustration, animation, collage, and live video. It’s the visual equivalent of the progression of the song, a simple idea that takes amplitude through repetition.”

Formed in 2012, Corridor released their debut album Un Magicien En Toi in 2013, sparking their trademark dazzling guitar-infused indie rock. Junior is their third full length album and was produced by Emmanuel Éthier, who produced the band’s 2017 album Supermercado.

After the release of Junior, Corridor will embark on a North American/European tour through the close of the year, hitting the US, France, the UK, Germany, and Canada. Tour dates can be found on the Subpop page while various pre-order options for Junior over at the band’s Bandcamp page.

Check out the music video for “Topographe” above. Très bien.

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Western Australia punks The Decline talk “Brovine” video

“How else will they get their protein?”

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Western Australia punks The Decline are currently prepping for the release of their new album Flash Gordon Ramsey Street, so naturally, they’re quite busy. The band have just announced a brand new Australian tour through October with Nerdlinger that will see the band hit all the major cities through Australia on a 12-date trek. But before the all of this madness, we spoke to guitarist and vocalist Ben Elliott about their animated music video for the Vegan-anthem “Brovine”, a song about sticking it to the meatheads and meatlovers of the world.

The track is just one of the great tunes on their brand new album- an album that is chock-filled with concise, up-tempo, no-frills skate punk that will entertain as much as it contemplates the lives of young punks in Australia and the world.

How did the idea for the video come together?

Elliott: I think the idea for the video came together pretty organically. The song definitely has some purposeful imagery and Fox worked really well with it and understood where the whole thing was coming from.

Did you guys have ideas to do a live-action video or was it always going to be animation?

Elliott: I don’t know about everybody else, but personally, I’ve always wanted to be animated. We really wanted to explore a few different ways of doing videos and we’re big Fox fans. We thought animation for this could go a number of different and exciting ways, so it just made sense to us.

The song is about standing up to abuse and the culture that surrounds it. How important was the message to the concept of the video and how did you want it portrayed?

Elliott: The song and the concept of the video really go hand in hand. A long time ago, I decided that I couldn’t continue being part of a system that (without good reason) views living beings as means to our own ends. You often get some ridiculous and irrational responses when you tell people you care about the rights of animals – these are often rooted in all sorts of notions that don’t make a lot of sense to me.

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The video was done by Fox at X-Ray Studios- have you guys worked with him before? How did you guys end up with Fox?

Elliott: Fox has done a bunch of artwork for us and we’re big fans of his art. The idea of doing this video with him was a really exciting prospect.

What was the process of creating the video like- were you guys there for the storyboarding and how it would play out or was the idea presented to you as a completed concept?

Elliott: We had an idea of us as vigilante vegetable eaters being harassed by the “protein police”. What followed from that definitely related to the nonsensical ways people often respond to others not eating animals. Fox really helped this come to life and turned it in to something bigger.

Was “Brovine” the natural choice for the first single/video?

Elliott: It was the third choice! The first single/video we released from the album was “Verge Collection” and then we did “The More You Know”, which, although a 30-second song that may seem like a teaser, is actually a true representation of the sorts of musicians we are – easily distracted.

The Decline’s new album, Flash Gordon Ramsey Street, is out August 30th on Pee Records, Thousand Islands Records, Disconnect Disconnect Records. Photo by John Goodridge Photography.

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