The Drums’ video for their Encyclopedia track “There Is Nothing Left” starts off looking like it’ll play out in typical romantic comedy style before quickly revealing itself to be a horror movie with a Sasquatch-type creature. But, no, it veers yet again into something else entirely. It’s a fun video, which was co-directed by David Gantz and Theo Cohn and stars transgender model Hari Nef. Watch it via Pitchfork below.
And here’s statements from Pierce:
I fell completely in love with these directors and their whole cinematic aesthetic but I really was not in the mood to be filmed. I go through seasons of being incredibly shy and self conscious and then out of nowhere I’ll get a tidal wave of confidence and immediately make a fool out of myself and everyone in my band. Lucky for all of us, I was in shy-mode and so I spent my time casting for the video. No one seemed too exciting to me, and then my friend Ioanna Gika called me and asked me to join her for a late night drink in L.A. When I got there Hari was sitting at the table and was radiating. I was immediately struck with her aura. I fell in love immediately and the next morning asked her to star in this video. She said yes right away. She’s a punk and also completely relatable with a strong sense of self and a smile to crack the earth in half. I’m sure she’s rolling her eyes reading this right now. We’ve always tried to work with people who are everyday- in their own way- nudging the world towards being a more accepting place to live.
Jonny Pierce was the third person I met in Los Angeles when I moved here for the summer in late June. I found him funny, magnetic, stylish, and easy to talk to. I was not surprised when I found out that he was a rock star. When he asked me to feature in the next video for The Drums, I was surprised. I had never envisioned myself as the ingenue of a romantic comedy–even a romantic comedy gone wrong. I related to the video’s notion of embodying cliches in order to break them. Filming was a treat!
Encyclopedia is out now via Minor Records.