MIXING 8MM WITH 8 TRACKS.
It’s time for another edition of Grindhouse Grooves, showing the latest videos who take their cues from the more dingy side of the cinematic tracks. This time we’ve got apocalyptic animation, bowling ball heads, badass bikers and more!
(Dir. Romain Chassaing)
Let’s just assume it’s Marsellus Wallace’s soul in the briefcase that costs the lives of a good chunk of people with enough locations and silencer-fed shots to the head to fill a Guy Ritchie film, providing an entertaining counter to Vitalic’s upbeat song.
Kaskade & Swanky Tunes f/Lights
No One Knows Who We Are
(Dir. King Drippa)
Noirish animation is used to trippy effect in this apocalyptic techno pop video with monstrous giant robots and an action sequence worthy of any Michael Bay flick.
Queens of the Stone Age
I Appear Missing
(Dir. Liam Brazier)
A bandaged man regains consciousness in the middle of a desert and glides along a post-apocalyptic looking world in this teaser video for Queens of the Stone Age’s new album, based on art by Boneface.
Two Door Cinema Club
(Dir. Sam Pilling)
Their use of severed heads for balls suggests that the bowling league members in Two Door Cinema Club’s clever video must be going to the same shrink Charlie Brewster went to in FRIGHT NIGHT PART 2.
Yellow Red Sparks
A Play to End All Plays
(Dir. Claire Marie Vogel)
A performance starts to go nightmarish for one unwitting participant in Claire Marie Vogel’s drama-filled period short.
À Tout à L’heure
Using footage from over 13 years, Bibio’s psychedelic video filled with silhouettes has a very late ‘60s vibe that works beautifully with the music.
The Gaslamp Killer
In the Dark
Shot around a 12th century crypt in Prague, the video for Gaslamp Killer’s heavy-yet-dreamy track meshes strange cult worship with some beautiful images to hypnotic effect,
Empire of the Sun
Dir. JD Dillard
Yeah, it’s a fairly poppy dance track, but it’s not a bad one, and I can’t argue with the visuals as five uniquely-costumed characters wander around what appears to be a Tarsem film. Maybe Australians just do this sort of thing better.
Dir. Ian Wolfson
Mad science, superheroes and decadent clubs collide in Ian Wolfson’s batshit video for rapper Mac Miller. There are whip fights, missing reels and statue humping.
Middle Class Rut
(Dir. Lance Drake)
It starts out with a standard old-school VHS vibe, but the video for Middle Class Rut’s solid track lives up to its tone as we get in look into the weird, creepy life of Aunt Betty herself, which borders on TRASH HUMPERS territory.
High on Fire
(Dir. Phil Mucci)
Phil Mucci directed the Stone Sour video mentioned a few columns back, and here’s another of his works, a similarly visionary short about a badass biker working his way through a colorful wasteland to deliver a sacrifice, backed by a solid metal track. Great stuff.
MRDR It’s Ok
(Dir. Hannes Johannes)
Team Spirit finds themselves in hell in this vividly, gory, yet fun animated video that serves as a follow-up to their previous video for “Jesus, He’s Alright,” which I now regret not including in this column.
The Flaming Lips
(Dir. Delo Creative)
The last Flaming Lips video was NSFW, and this one’s even more so (and not even safe for YouTube), as a pair of naked figures are hooked to some sort of machine while three similarly naked women perform experiments. And then are frogs and monkeys and weirdness.
I Was a Teenage Zombie
Our vintage track comes from the garage band The Fleshtones, who provided the best part of 1987’s I WAS A TEENAGE ZOMBIE with their great title track.
Be back when the jukebox has been restocked,
– Paul Freitag-Fey
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