Premiere: Deadbeat Beat’s sunny-yet-scary new video for ‘Baphomet’


A very good day is one during which you get to premiere a Deadbeat Beat video. “Baphomet” is the lead-off observe from the just-released How Far, an album that’s wonderful in the identical method that an sudden thunderstorm on a transparent blue summer season day will be.

Filmed by their pal Jack Schmier — who additionally shot the band’s “You Carry Me up” video — this one was shot out in Monroe County in a giant open area. The sky pulses a not-quite-cloudless blue as Alex Glendening and Maria Nuccilli approximate frolicking, whereas the Fermi Energy Plant generates nuclear energy behind them.


Guitarist/vocalist Glendening expounds on the video by saying that he’s at all times been struck by the way in which the Fermi plant seems ever since he was somewhat child. He’s additionally lately turn into extra serious about drone filming and the benefit of accessing new angles and crane-style photographs that have been as soon as very tough and costly to create. (Enjoyable truth: All however one in all DBB’s movies to this point have integrated a drone shot, however that is the primary to be solely shot by way of drone.)

“Drones themselves are very scary once they fly by you,” Glendening provides. “That’s sort of what a nuclear energy plant and a drone have in widespread: They’ve modified the way in which during which we’re capable of do issues as a society, however they’re each very terrifying and excessive.”

This commonality is unquestionably current within the video: with its sky-high photographs and the drone’s means to zoom round, it makes me really feel as small as nuclear energy does.

The music itself is shiny and delightful, a near-perfect instance of the nice negativity, or anxious camaraderie, that Deadbeat Beat excels at — most likely at the very least partly as a result of Glendening and drummer Nuccilli have that near-psychic musical connection that varieties between individuals who’ve been enjoying collectively for over a decade. It fucking sucks to really feel unhappy or troubled or confused, however doesn’t it really feel somewhat higher to share these emotions with somebody? Perhaps it doesn’t even really feel higher, however at the very least within the sharing, you get a possibility to really feel one thing else.

To Glendening, the tune is his model of “Everyone’s saying that hell’s the hippest option to go/ nicely I don’t assume so/ however I’m gonna have a look round” from “Blue” by Joni Mitchell. “It’s like my up to date millennial interpretation of that lens,” he says. “Not solely did we by no means get ourselves again to the backyard, however we’re really actively simply burning it all the way down to farm monocultures of soybeans or no matter. So, everyone’s been doing hell or no matter for therefore lengthy that that is what’s left. Hell’s not excessive sufficient, so now it’s ‘Baphomet.’”

Glendening makes one final level in our transient chat, which additional displays that camaraderie I discussed earlier: “Additionally we’re unhappy Zak [Frieling] couldn’t be there the day this video was shot, however I’m so glad he performs bass for us and that he performs on the report. It couldn’t have been made with anybody else.”

Deadbeat Beat is about to move off on a West Coast tour with Detroit’s personal tireless guitar experimenter Shells (Shelley Salant), however they’re again in October for a really thrilling hometown present during which they’re opening for post-punk goddess Chandra. You possibly can watch the video, test the dates beneath, and inform all of your West Coast associates.

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