!!! released their sixth LP of twitchy disco grooves, As If, last month. They’ve always had a sense of humor and a goofy streak — exhibit A, that ridiculous name — and now they’ve enlisted Casper Kelly, the creator of the darkly absurdist Adult Swim short Too Many Cooks, to direct the video for album cut “Ooo.” It’s a fun, goofy video, applying the intentionally low-budget Adult Swim aesthetic to the tale of a Captain Kirk-esque spaceship captain pursuing a blue-skinned alien woman. This is what Kelly has to say about it:
“Ooo” started from a feeling of a relationship teetering on the edge of breaking up or going to the next level, combined with an instrumental section in the middle with echoey sounds that evoked photon torpedoes in science fiction battles. I decided to combine the two. I also liked the idea of combining the feeling of the Star Wars cantina bar with a college mixer. I tried to make it not too story oriented but I bit more abstract — I wanted a lot of the details of what happened between the Captain and the green woman implied or submerged. Lastly, I love combining repeating visual movements with the repetition in the wonderful chorus — hence the ship getting rocked by torpedoes and people scrambling in time with the beat. It was such a thrill to shoot. I wish I could live in the world of this video.
!!! also start their US tour today, on which they will be opening all of their own shows as a Stereolab cover band called Stereolad. Check out dates below.
11/17 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/18 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
11/19 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
11/20 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
11/21 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
11/22 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Cafe
12/1 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
12/2 Portland, OR @ The Doug Fir Lounge
12/3 Sacramento, CA @ Harlows
12/4 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
12/5 Santa Barbara, CA @ SOhO Music Club
12/6 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
12/7 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
12/8 Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
12/10 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
12/11 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
12/12 Austin, TX @ Mohawk (outdoor stage)
As If is out now on Warp.