Local Frames: New videos from Wiping Out Thousands, Teenage Moods, Mayda, and more
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before.
While it's impossible to shine a spotlight on all of the great music video work going on around the area, Gimme Noise has created a regular segment, Local Frames, which will help bring some much deserved attention to a few of the standout videos of the moment from local bands or those filmed by local directors.
Here's our twenty-third installment of Local Frames, featuring ten recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.
Wiping Out Thousands - "Evening"
Within many local music circles, 2012 belonged to Wiping Out Thousands. The imaginative electro-clash duo initially drew fans in with some choice, intoxicating singles early in the year, before dropping their accomplished debut LP, This Came First, in the fall. The album built on the inventive promise suggested by their previous work, while also giving clear aural evidence that the band isn't going to be languishing in one sonic space for very long. If you needed any additional proof of this, WoT have just released an eerie, artfully restrained new track, "Evening," and the haunting video (produced by Matt Barnes and Joshua Bartz), featuring singer Alaine Dickman covered in stark white powder, only adds to the minimal track's ghostly allure. As with all of Wiping Out Thousand's work, the song is available for free download, and fans should certainly check it out to get a small glimpse of where WoT might be taking their sound in the future. As for now, the band is about to hit up Austin for SXSW, as well as a couple high-profile local shows headlining the Entry on March 24, and opening for Roster McCabe at the Cabooze on April 19.
Teenage Moods - "Rock Man"
This colorful new video for "Rock Man" finds the Minneapolis garage-rock outfit Teenage Moods in fine, catchy form. The raucous track is lifted off the band's supremely catchy 2012 full-length, Grow, which they recorded at Madison's Science of Sound studios. The group is celebrating the vinyl release of Grow with a sure-to-be wild free show at the Hexagon on Saturday night along with their musical compatriots Gateway District, The NPC's, and Ex-Nuns. Hopefully they bring the awesome cave featured in the "Rock Man" video with them to the show.
Mayda - "Your Infinity"
Mayda stylishly blends fashion and funk in her striking new video for "Your Infinity," which features the snazzy singer decked out in the latest sleek trends by local designer Laura Fulk. But make no mistake, this isn't a trendy jaunt down any runway -- this track flat out rocks, with crunchy guitars coming out of nowhere when the song's massive chorus kicks in. The video was directed by One Light Collective team of Stevie Kane and Alezander Zoltai, and finds Mayda displaying plenty of her assured attitude as the song continues to change pace. Anyone heading down to Austin for SXSW should seek out a Mayda show if you can, she definitely puts on a dynamic live show.
Poliça - "Dark Star (Live at the Cabooze)"
Back in August, local success-story Poliça made a triumphant return to Minneapolis after a long tour with a sold-out homecoming show at the Cabooze. Here's some sweet audio/visual proof of how enthralling their Saturday night set was, directed and shot by the talented crew led by Dan Huiting and Isaac Gale and mixed by producer extraordinaire BJ Burton. It perfectly captures the rhythmic quartet perfectly at ease performing in front of an outdoor crowd filled with their friends and family, and "Dark Star" soars as a result. The breakthrough band aren't resting on their past success, either, as 2013 finds them touring throughout the U.S. in April, including a sold-out show with Night Moves and Ronia at First Avenue on the 24th.
Actual Wolf - "Romeo"
This intimate, acoustic version of an unreleased Actual Wolf track, "Romeo," finds Eric Pollard performing alone amongst the sweet cowboy boots displayed at Vintage Mid Century Modern & Vino in Des Moines. It's the perfect backdrop for this plaintive, countrified number, which Pollard delivers with striking subtlety. Actual Wolf have a few shows lined up at SXSW, before returning back to Minneapolis for the Gravel Road Touring Showcase at the Cedar on April 5, featuring Chastity Brown and Barbara Jean, which should be a special night for sure.