There’s one thing that I have learned from countless hours reading Complex’s countless lists. If you don’t have a music video, you don’t really have a song out. The massive amount of cat pictures and image macros on the Internet is a clear indicator that people want something to look at. You can have the most compelling, well-written song/rant/Penthouse Letter/jury duty summons and no one will care until you stick a cat/soldier/person crying/entertaining video with it. That’s just how it is. Some people are born ugly and the Internet demands pics(still or moving) or it didn’t fucking happen. Reality bites.
This last week I was lying on the couch doing important stuff, like incessantly leaving snarky comments on Facebook, when I discovered pure gold. That gold was, unfortunately, not the kind you can pawn to finance a night on the town, but extremely valuable nonetheless. It was Universe People‘s video for “Druids”. It’s a fantastic video with a lot of nuance and clean editing that, most importantly, fits well with the song. It also didn’t hurt that the song is CATCHY AS FUCK. After that experience, I HAD to see what else Seattle bands are cooking up in the music video department. I was galvanized into action and the power of curiosity compelled me.
Initially, I was having an incredibly difficult time finding videos but armed with a keen memory and Boolean search terms I eventually prevailed. None of this stuff is Thomas-Jefferson-underground, but none of it is endorsed by VEVO so it took some digging. Surprisingly, the venture was actually so successful that I’m altering my posting schedule just so I can give this gift, these wonderful videos from fantastic Seattle bands, to you as soon as possible.
The playlist kicks off with Pony Time‘s “Lori & Judy” who have been getting some well-deserved attention lately. Like the aforementioned “Druids” video, it’s a simple concept with great execution. It’s a fine example of someone making a great product without re-financing their home or taking out another student loan. Right in the middle is King Dude‘s “The Black Triangle” which has some really majestic shots. If I didn’t know any better, you’d think that the director choreographed the snowflakes to fall in the appropriate directions. It really is that good looking. The belle of the ball has to be Nightmare Fortress‘ “Hang You On The Wall” hands down. Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of videos with stories that have been really hard to follow. That is definitely not the case here. The concept integrates seamlessly with the song and, frankly, it’s one of the best videos I’ve seen in a long time. If I ruled the world, it’d be a shitshow but I’d also make sure that their video recieved an award of some kind. Rounding out the playlist is Deadkill‘s “Oh God Help You”. It’s a classic punk rock wild-in-the-streets show video, but they really sell it well. They sell it so well that I even bought the vinyl EP and my record player has been broken for months. Without further ado…
Here’s the YouTube link:
Here’s the tracklist:
1. Pony Time “Lori & Judy”
2. Universe People “Druids”
3. King Dude “The Black Triangle”
4. Nightmare Fortress “Hang You On The Wall”
5. Deadkill “Oh God Help You”
Do you know of some videos I should have included in this playlist? Leave a comment!