Video of the moment
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Vancouver-based supergroup/power pop heroes The New Pornographers release a highly anticipated new album, Brill Bruisers, August 25 on Last Gang Records. It will be their first new record in four years, and the title track is already eliciting raves (it is available to hear/view at www.thenewpornographers.com).
Interest will be further fuelled by the brand new video for another new cut, War On The East Coast. Of the video directed by Thom Glunt, Pornographer A.C. Newman comments, “We were going for some mid nineties second tier Brit pop attitude. In the past, I’ve never really wanted to be in the video. But with this, we wanted to have fun and fully be IN the video.”
The results are indeed lively. The typically melodic tune has cool new-wave keyboards sounds and an apocalyptic vibe (sample lyrics: "last night I dreamt Victoria drowned in the ocean). The clip features singer Newman and his enigmatic NP comrade Dan Bejar (aka Destroyer) strolling through vividly-filmed scenes of urban chaos. Attention on The New Pornographers often focuses on singers Neko Case and Kathryn Calder, but it is the guys turn to shine here.
The band are now hitting the Canadian fest circuit with stops at Pemberton Music Festival this weekend and Edmonton’s Sonic Boom Festival in August. A fall tour is confirmed in support of the release, including shows at L.A.’s The Wiltern and New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, as well as appearances at Toronto’s Riot Fest, Victoria’s Rifflandia and Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest.