BUG 48

21 Aug 2015 11:42 - posted by Phil Tidy


We had a fantastic selection of new music videos, plus some goodies that Adam found online, including some words of wisdom from the YouTube commentators. We also had a fantastic and pioneering guest in Jonathan Higgs who combines the jobs of being frontman of top British indie band Everything Everything with also being the director of their videos. He’s very good at both jobs, and Adam took us through a selection..  


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The Chemical Brothers – Sometimes I Feel So Desert

We start with a director who will be familiar to BUG regulars. Those who know the work of Ninian Doff may associate him with lighter-hearted fare than his new one for British dance behemoths The Chemical Brothers. Sometimes I Feel So Deserted is a post-apocalyptic thriller.

On an On – It’s Not Over

Young American/Mexican director Carlos Lopez Estrada has also featured in recent BUG episodes. One of his latest is his goofy lo-fi effort for Minneapolis band’s On an On’s It’s Not Over, in which a young man is so determined to not be split up from his girlfriend he runs alongside her train – and just keeps going.

Data ft Benny Sings – Don’t Sing

French artist Data has teamed up with the vocalist Benny Sings to create Don’t Sing, and then handed responsibility for the video to David Bertram, a Paris-based commercials director making a rare excursion into promos. And what a treat this is: an exquisite black comedy where the dark heart of an outwardly pleasant suburban community is revealed in a set of twisted, violent and sexy scenarios.

Kendrick Lamar – For Free? (Interlude)

Kendrick Lamar is a man of the moment. His album To Pimp a Butterfly is a commercial and critical smash, his collaborations with everyone from Flying Lotus to Taylor Swift are acclaimed too – and then there are the videos. The first of two Lamar videos tonight is for the mini-track For Free?, directed by LA-based Joe Weil and the creative team behind nearly all of Lamar’s videos, The Little Homies, recently revealed to be Dave Free, president of Lamar’s own label Top Dawg, and Kendrick Lamar himself.

Amaro & Walden’s Joyride

Next up, not an official music video, but two minutes of scurrilous hilarity involving a couple of rodent-sized cartoon boy racers named Amaro and Walden, on an all-out one-way journey to oblivion on a real monster truck through London. Amaro and Walden’s Joyride is the brainchild of Tim McCourt and Max Taylor, part of directing/animating team The Line, who work out of London post facility Electric Theatre Collective.

Last Ex – Girl Seizure

And on the more experimental end of animation comes the video for Canadian band Last Ex’s Girl Seizure, created by Gabriel Mangold last year, comprised of a series of loops of pen and ink paper illustrations, involving roughly 2000 drawings. Its mesmerising quality will be familiar to those who know and love (as we do at BUG) the work of singer-songwriter-cartoonist Chad VanGaalen.

Nicolas Godin – Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde

British directing duo The Sacred Egg – that’s Alex Mavor and Ed Kaye – travelled to Cape Town to create a surfer film with a special twist for Nicolas Godin’s Widerstehe Doche der Sünde (it means Stay Away from Sin). Mavor and Kaye captured a group of top surfers in action, who all appear to be zombies.

Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome

Then it’s time for our guest Jonathan Higgs to join Adam on stage. Ever since their first album in 2010, Everything Everything have managed the difficult trick of turning their musical complexity into popular success. Frontman Higgs has been directing the band’s videos since their early days including this from 2010.

Everything Everything – Distant Past

More from our special guest ,lead singer and director Jonathan Higgs. Distant Past, the lead-off single from the band’s latest album Get to Heaven, bringing to life a symbolic fight to the death between two different types of cavemen, in the dramatic setting of the Cheddar Gorge.

Darwin Deez – Kill Your Attitude

We have the latest video for the geeky indie heartthrob Darwin Deez. His latest video, for Kill Your Attitude is by Dent de Cuir, the directing team who made a big impression last year with their video for DyE’s She’s Bad. Here a domestic scenario is turned into a video game where Darwin’s self-centred behaviour turns him into a target in his girlfriends’ Call of Duty-style FPS game. It’s a brilliant technical achievement with the real Darwin seamlessly absorbed into the game footage.

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