Crooks On Tape – “Duper” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

By Chris DeVille / August 8, 2014

Crooks On Tape — one of Enon/Brainiac schizoid indie-rock OG John Schmersal’s two current projects along with Vertical Scratchers — released a very good album called Fingerprint last year. That album’s opening track, “Duper,” is classic Schmersal, a creepy cartoon pop song that sounds like the audio equivalent of a blue neon sign at a skeezy night club. Just in time for Crooks On Tape’s gig tonight in L.A., “Duper” now has a video by director Paul Cordes Wilm that finds the band channel-surfing through various sordid programming while huddled together in bathrobes on hotel bed. Apparently tour manager Bob Schriner filmed the bathrobe footage last January while the band was gutting out a tour through the subzero Upper Midwest during the Polar Vortex. Misra Records passed along this photo of Schriner from around the same time:

Watch Crooks On Tape get cozy below.

Fingerprint is out now on Misra. Crooks On Tape play the Echo in Los Angeles tonight.