Olympia, the excellent new album from Toronto electro-poppers Austra, is dark, obsessive music, so they’re not exactly the first band you’d expect to turn a music video into an excellent ’80s-style B-movie. But that’s exactly what we get with the Exploding Motor Car-directed video for their house-inflected single “Painful Like.” The clip stars bubbling ooze, a glowing egg sac, a gang of masked rollerbladers, and a murderous rubberized beastie who should give you Ghoulies flashbacks if you were lucky enough to spend some of your childhood watching Ghoulies movies. Below, watch the video and read words about it from Austra leader Katie Stelmanis.
The main influence was 90’s sci-fi movies like The Ninja Turtles, Super Mario Bros and Garbage Pail Kids where all the visual effects are done by hand and look really gross. We asked Exploding Motor Car to make the video cos they specialize in hand-made effects and puppet-making. ‘Painful Like’ is a song about living life in the sidelines.
Olympia is out now on Domino, and it is good.