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A few weeks back, NYC-based sci-fi-punks Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show unveiled their new concept EP, Catherine, with GroundSounds getting the full scoop here. Now, the group is back with a video for the EP’s lead single, “Tin Laurels.”
The video could not be more relevant to the current, extremely stressful times we all live in, juxtaposing the notion of and privilege inherent in “just living your life” with the impending peril that may come as a result of that attitude. Deschain’s world building in both music and narrative is furthered with this visual companion, adding to the swelling rock epic’s tension lines.
“The ‘Tin Laurels’ video was directed by the unbelievably talented Babs Laco. We wanted to make a video that used old footage from the ’40s, without reusing any images that are already in the popular imagination of the period (mushroom clouds, newsreel footage, etc).
Instead we wanted to show civilian life, and the contradiction of the idyllic vision of American domestic life during a period of extreme and grotesque violence. We end up with a video that starts very calm and normal, and slowly rips apart into madness by the end.”
8/18 – Sidewalk Cafe – New York, NY
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9/16 – Monkey House – Burlington, VT
10/27 – Pine Box Rock Shop – Brooklyn, NY