On Friday, swaggering Portland psychedelic rockers the Dandy Warhols will return with Distortland, their first album in a while. And as Pitchfork point out, they’ve just dropped a video for “You Are Killing Me,” the album’s first single. It stars Joe Dallesandro, an actor who appeared in a few Dandy Warhols, as a frustrated writer. He leaves the tarantula-infested apartment where he’s drinking and failing to write, and he heads out to a bar, where he drinks more. He passes out and dreams of furries. Or something. Director Mark Helfrich films it so that it looks like a vintage ’50s Hollywood production, except with furries. Check it out and read a statement from Helfrich below.
The concept for the video came out of Courtney’s desire to have a film featuring not only Joe Dallesandro, but furries as well. I thought Joe had the perfect look for a Film Noir setting. So I came up with a trippy treatment and everybody signed off on it.
The day before shooting I got a message that Zia was flying to Los Angeles because she wanted to be the Bunny! So Zia’s the Bunny. I was thrilled to work with the iconic Joe Dallasandro. He hasn’t acted much in the past couple of decades, but he wanted to do this project because he digs the Dandy Warhols. It was an honor to direct him.
Distortland is out 4/8 on Dine Alone.