For Californian rock duo Movie Club, concert halls are “museums of the atmosphere”. Half-tribute and half-psychedelic jam, their new music video “Driftwood” – from their recently released EP Man at war – sees guitarist Vince Cuneo and drummer Jessamyn Violet rock past several venues, at a time when these spaces are among the most affected in the music industry due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Filmed with its drums and guitar outside of venues such as The Palladium, The Troubadour, The Roxy and The Mint and more, Movie Club offers easy going rock that gradually builds up into crisp chorus-like arrangements. Formed in 2018, the duo have so far released three EPs – Kraken, Hammer and now Man at war – which shows a curve towards more swirling psych rock songwriting than ever before.
After filming the video for “Driftwood”, Cuneo tells us that they have started writing and recording their first album. “Uncertainty is something very familiar to artists. The most important thing for us is to keep creating art. I feel very lucky to have a band member who wants to continue working during these times. Nothing is more rewarding than surpassing yourself and hearing the growth of music, ”he says.
Violet adds that the process of creation and the end product itself will help them “hold out hope as the world we knew melted around us”. The drummer adds, “With no shows on the horizon for us for the first time in our lives, we decided it was important to make a music video that captures the majestic nature of these iconic places that we miss so much. They may not survive. “Not all of us with this pandemic unless our government steps in and helps them. As artists we can use our creative powers to bring to light what is important to us.”
Watch the video for “Driftwood” below. Stream ‘Man O’ War ‘here.