Video Premiere: Rozwell Kid – “Weirdo”
We’re very excited to be premiering the video for Rozwell Kid’s “Weirdo”, a power-pop highlight from their great 2014 LP Too Shabby (via Broken World Media). We got a chance to talk to the band about the video and future plans. Read the interview, check out upcoming tour dates, and watch the video below.
Tell us a little about where the idea for the “Weirdo” video came from? What was the process like in making the clip?
I think (RK drummer) Sean and I jointly came up with the concept. I’m having trouble remembering exactly when the moment of inspiration struck… but I do remember we were in the parking lot of the Thought Lot in Shippensburg, PA. We had just played, or were about to play, a show. Sean and I were discussing simple video ideas, and I think I presented the idea of something involving food. Then, I believe Sean brought up a bologna seven inch record… It’s all a blur, but I remember we were really focused on the concept of a simple, one-shot video we could make in a few hours in Sean’s basement. The last video we had done (Sick Jackets) involved a very long, hot day of filming. So, we decided that a record made of pimento loaf playing our song in an air conditioned basement would be the best route. The day we were set to shoot the video, I had planned on using my phone to film everything and I spent way too much time trying to craft a reliable tripod out of duct tape.
Luckily, Derrick Brandon (from Wish List / Part-time Rozwell Kid guitarist) was present and recommend calling his friend Mekki (Leeper, director of the “Weirdo” vid) who happened to be in town. Mekki came over right away with his camera and lights, and he gave the video just enough professional treatment to really make it work. I’m so thankful it worked out this way, because in retrospect, I probably looked pretty pathetic trying to rig up my duct tape tripod. Also, I’m very thankful for Sean’s fog machine. We used the shit out of that shit.
The video reminds me of that home-made, oddball tone that would show up on, say, Mystery Science Theater 3000 or Space Ghost Coast-to-Coast in the mid-90s, which actually seems to fit the band’s aesthetic of Weezer/Nerf Herder/early-Built to Spill power-pop. Is that a mini-era you’re fond of? Or, more broadly, beyond just bands and records, what stuff do you see affecting and influencing the art Rozwell Kid makes?
First of all, simply being referenced in the same sentence as Space Ghost Coast-to-Coast leaves me utterly swollen with glee. Thank you! I have vivid memories of watching Adult Swim the night it premiered. My aunt was staying over, and I was sitting on the edge of our pull-out sofa bed. They had those really weird bumpers of elderly people swimming. Pretty literal, pretty great. Have you ever seen that MTV animation collection “Cartoon Sushi?” I think my life in general is way more influenced by that than I realize. Personally, I am very fond of the mid-to-late 90’s powerpop era/aesthetic. My songwriting is influenced a lot by that sound. It’s a vibe that really speaks to me, for lack of a better phrase. I like the energy, I like the sounds, I like the songcraft. I just think it’s cool, and it pumps me up. Also Green Day’s “Insomniac”… I think that might be my favorite Green Day record. I would love to make a record that sounds like Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace looks. I don’t really even know what that means.
I’m struck by how much attention Rozwell Kid seems to pay to sturdy, economical songcraft. Too Shabby is such a tight, finely-tuned collection of songs. Is that focus on craft and melody something you’ve made an overt effort towards, or is it just the way you approach music as a group?
The melody and structure are very important to me… something I definitely spend a lot of time developing when I’m working on new material. I am a fan of the pop song formula, but sometimes I think it’s easy to rely on it too much. On Too Shabby, I tried to branch out a little bit from what comes naturally, but at the same time I wanted the flow of each song to feel organic. Moving forward, I’d like to experiment more with structure. But above all, my number one priority is writing cool melodies. That’s what really jazzes me.
What is the band working on now?
Currently, we are touring as much as possible. This spring/summer we’ll start writing & demoing for the next LP. Then, hopefully tour some more / record / repeat!
Rozwell Kid Tour Dates (w/ You Blew It! & Tiny Moving Parts)
Ticket link: http://youblewitfl.com/
- 1/29/2015 – San Antonio, TX @ Tequila Room
- 1/30/2015 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
- 1/31/2015 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
- 2/2/2015 – Albuquerque, NM @ Duke City Soundstage
- 2/3/2015 – Phoenix, AZ @ Underground
- 2/4/2015 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
- 2/5/2015 – San Diego, CA @ Voodoo Room
- 2/6/2015 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
- 2/7/2015 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
- 2/8/2015 – Sacramento, CA @ Cafe Colonial
- 2/10/2015 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock
- 2/11/2015 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
- 2/12/2015 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
- 2/13/2015 – St Louis, MO @ The Demo
- 2/14/2015 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
- 2/15/2015 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
- 2/16/2015 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
- 2/17/2014 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
- 2/18/2014 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
- 2/19/2015 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary #
- 2/20/2015 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall #
- 2/21/2015 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs #
- 2/22/2015 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
- 2/23/2015 – Washington DC @ DC9
- 2/24/2015 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
- 2/25/2015 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
- 2/26/2015 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade – Purgatory
- 2/27/2015 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
- 2/28/2015 – Cape Coral, FL @ Nice Guys Pizza
- 3/1/2015 – Miami, FL @ TBA