Girl Band have shared a dystopian new music video for their single In Plastic — and it’s 1984 with a hint of Kafka.
The Irish noise rock outfit have been lauded as one of the most promising new bands following the release of their 2015 full length Holding Hands With Jamie.
Rightfully so — their music is as harrowing as it is captivating; loaded with tension in every squall of distortion, every moment of frenetic dissonance, with vocalist Dara Kiely’s manic vocals cutting through like a maelstrom of introspection, self-deprecation and existential terror.
In Plastic, which was one of my personal favorites from Holding Hands, is an anxious waltz that got an excellent visual treatment from their frequent video collaborator Bob Gallagher, whom they had direct the excellent videos for Paul, Pears For Lunch and Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage last year.
This video is an unambiguous commentary on surveillance and social paranoia, showing a madhouse version of a security checkpoint. Though tongue firmly in cheek, Gallagher’s visual accompaniment is just as haunting as it is ridiculous.
Gallagher said: “The video is obviously totally ridiculous in many ways, but it touches on themes of surveillance, paranoia, and how arbitrary the construct of a border can seem, which are all very contemporary anxieties.
“When I see clips of Donald Trump talking about deporting people and building walls I have to remind myself that I’m not watching an absurd alternate reality.“
If Girl Band always go to Gallagher for their videos, count me in. Each one he does for the band relishes in absurdity but never forgets to stay grounded in reality.
The themes he ties into each video are just as brilliant as any of the stark left turns that occur in them as well.
Watch the video for In Plastic below:
In Plastic will be released on an extremely limited run of 7” with a live version of The Last Riddler as its B-side on July 8.
The band will return to the US in July for a show in NYC and two performances for Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. (This writer hopes they return to LA with their unparalleled live show!)