If you live in New York, you’re probably used to seeing roving crews of young street-dancers taking over subway cars, staging acrobatic performances, and then asking for money. You may even be annoyed at it. If you’re from out of town, though, the first time you see one of these things it’s like catching a glimpse of a unicorn in the wild. It’s wondrous. And with mayor Bill de Blasio’s police force cracking down on the dance crews, it’s cool that alt-rock heroes Afghan Whigs have shows some solidarity with the kids. The band’s new video for “Matamoros,” a tough and funky song from their recent reunion album Do To The Beast, captures skull-faced performances from the dance crew W.A.F.F.L.E. and makes the whole spectacle look crazy exciting. Philip Harder directs. Check it out below.
Do To The Beast is out now on Sub Pop.