When we last checked in with Ladybird back in late March, the Milwaukee alt-country outfit was announcing its first proper LP, Amy Come On Home, by releasing a heartbreaking single from the forthcoming record entitled “Audrey’s Garden.” Well, with the album’s May 17 release date coming up fast, Ladybird decided to chase the lead single about the unrelenting passage of time and continual change with a song that has a far lighter theme.

Last week, the band debuted “Short King Shuffle” and an accompanying music video for the song that’s essentially about a man who is small in stature winding up with a taller woman. Shot and edited by Samer Ghani, the music video finds titular “short king” Pete Freeman, his bandmates, and a “tall queen” busting out of the slammer. After easily evading a police officer (played by Mike Holloway of Garden Home and Okay Omen) and picking up a few more ladies, the outlaws wind up drinking and playing poker with some questionable characters at Club Garibaldi.

Things get out of hand, people are double-crossed, and the short king ultimately loses his queen…but not before viewers get to see a fun video that pairs perfectly with an even funnier song that has an unconventional concept. Before Ladybird releases Amy Come On Home on Friday, May 17 and prior to the band’s early and late album release shows at Cactus Club on Saturday, June 1, check out the rowdy video for the equally rowdy “Short King Shuffle” now.

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Before co-founding Milwaukee Record, Tyler Maas wrote for virtually every Milwaukee publication (except Wassup! Magazine). He lives in Bay View and enjoys both stuff and things.