Woozy – “Venom” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

James Rettig | March 10, 2016 - 11:56 am

The nervy compositions on Woozy’s debut album Blistered led us to name the New Orleans trio one of the best new bands of last year. Now, they’re going on tour and are back with a new video for “Venom” to promote it. This one sees them taking inspiration from their surroundings, with a creepy look into a mental breakdown fueled by “classic voodoo and swamp witch themes,” so explains guitarist/vocalist John St. Cyr. Here’s how he frames the video:

There are two sides to every story. With the video for “Venom” we wanted to explore a perspective that is untold within the song’s lyrics. The song itself condemns the kind of person who ‘poisons’ their community with negativity, lies and gossip. The video attempts to empathize with this person, exploring their emotional turmoil and internal conflict. PEARS frontman Zach Quinn is transformed from an everyday scenester into a basement-dwelling hobgoblin; the real-world representation of our album Blistered’s gremlin cover. He undergoes a visceral struggle before succumbing to his own literal venom and vitriol, his toxic hidden self made material in the form of maple flavored black goop.

It was directed by Michael Moises. Watch below.

Tour Dates:
03/16 Austin, TX – Broken World Media/Funeral Sounds Showcase @ Eden Co-op
03/17 Austin, TX – Post-Trash Party @ Todd’s Mansion (2:30 PM)
03/17 Austin, TX – Sacred Alter/Ozona Records Showcase @ 21st St Co-Op (4:20 PM)
03/17 Austin, TX – Topshelf Records/Father/Daughter Records Showcase @ The Grackle (7:30 PM)
03/17 Austin, TX – Community Records Showcase @ Wonderland (11:15 PM)
03/18 Austin, TX – Stereogum/Exploding in Sound Records Showcase @ Hole in the Wall
03/20 El Paso, TX @ Bowie Feathers *
03/21 Albuquerque, NM *
03/22 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space *
03/23 Las Vegas, NV @ Macario’s Warehouse *
03/24 St. George, UT *
03/25 Salt Lake City, UT *
03/26 Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
03/27 Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
03/28 Reno, NV @ Holland Project *
03/29 Davis, CA @ Pierce House *
03/30 Sacramento, CA @ Colonial Cafe *
03/31 Redding, CA @ Sweet Spot *
04/01 Los Angeles, CA @ Pehrspace *
04/02 San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe *
04/04 Denver, CO @ Juice Church #
04/05 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge #
04/06 Rock Island, IL @ Rozz-Tox #
04/07 Milwaukee, WI @ Bremen Cafe #
04/08 Champaign, IL @ Mike n’ Molly’s #
04/09 Chicago, IL @ Margaritaville #
04/11 Grand Rapids, MI @ Witch House #
04/12 Kalamazoo, MI @ Milhouse #
04/13 Athens, OH @ The Hardcore House of Ruth Bader Ginsburg #
04/14 Pittsburgh, PA @ Broken World Fest Pre-Show @ Mr. Roboto Project #
04/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ Zula, Fern Mayo, & Kississippi
04/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Goldilocks Gallery #
04/17 New Haven, CT @ House Show #
04/18 Boston, MA @ O’Briens #
04/19 Washington, DC @ Songbyrd Music House
04/20 Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR
04/22 Little Rock, AR
04/23 Norman, OK @ Norman Music Fest
04/24 Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas

* w/ Alaska
# w/ Kississippi

Blistered is out now via Community Records/Exploding In Sound Records. They’re playing our SXSW showcase with EIS on 3/18.