Music Video: The Band of Heathens – South by Somewhere

I don’t know about you, but I love a good road trip movie. In the new video from The Band of Heathens, the viewer is taken for a ride in a music video that parades as a movie preview for a movie that doesn’t exist. Complete with fake movie reviews from spoofs of actual magazines, to the self awareness commentary from the band itself, the video is an enjoyable journey. Justin McWilliams, who directed the music video, listened to the album back in March (at the very beginning of pandemic shelter-in-place orders) and was drawn in by this particular track.

“’South by Somewhere’ immediately stood out. The themes of wanting to escape the present, but being unsure of where to run, were especially resonant as I listened while fleeing LA. I knew the characters in the video had to be on the move. I wanted the visuals of the video to feel classically cinematic and heightened, like the New Hollywood films of the 70s and 80s. While not a strict period piece, I wanted the design of the video to feel similarly reminiscent of those decades.”

The Austin-based band has been cranking out the tunes since 2005, and their new album will be their eleventh. Stranger is due out on September 25th, and can be pre-ordered on their site now. You can also check out all of the singles from their new album, plus their past works, on Spotify:

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