Milwaukee native Joe Wong is great. When we last caught up with the musician (now based in Los Angeles), he discussed some of the collaborators who helped bring his latest (excellent) record, Nite Creatures, to life. When we caught up with him before that, he discussed making music for television shows like Russian Doll, Ugly Delicious, Master Of None, and more. When we caught up with him before that, he discussed his (excellent) drummer-focused podcast, The Trap Set, which can be heard online and on WMSE. When we caught up with him before that…well, you get the idea.
Anyway, Wong has a new dual video for Nite Creatures tracks “Minor” and “Nuclear Rainbow.” It’s great. The video was filmed in the early pandemic times of 2020, and features Mary Timony (Helium, Ex Hex), Mary Lattimore, Steven McDonald (Red Kross, Off!, Melvins), Anna Warnoker (that dog.), and more. Oh, and it was directed by Sam Macon, a fellow L.A.-by-way-of-Milwaukee artist.
“We managed to bring together a diverse group of musicians to create a piece that feels truly collaborative at a time when we are profoundly physically isolated,” Macon says in a press release. “Though this is not a quarantine-themed video, we made the decision to fold the restrictions and limitations into the aesthetic concept of the video to make something that feels current, timeless, and a bit apocalyptic.”
Yep! The video is cool and trippy and apocalyptic and awesome. We dig the juxtaposition of the shots of the musicians playing inside their homes with the shots of the entire world blowing to bits. Welcome to 2021.
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