Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam Batmanglij are gearing up to release their debut collaborative LP, I Had A Dream That You Were Mine, next month. We’ve heard a few tracks from it so far — “A 1000 Times,” “In A Black Out,” and, just yesterday, “Sick As A Dog” — and today the pair has shared a video for the album’s lead single. It was directed by Josh Goleman and rolls out the old trope of seeing all the band members performing as played by kids before transitioning over to the real-life adult versions, and adds another layer on top by incorporating everyone’s fathers into the mix as well. Watch below.
Leithauser and Batmanglij both provided statements about the video:
There’s a photo hanging on the wall at Hamilton and his wife Anna’s apartment. It’s Hamilton as a teenager in a white shirt and black jeans, surrounded by 3 of his best friends wearing the same thing; they’re playing in a band on some sunny lawn. It looks like they might be covering “Louie Louie”. I think this photo is hung at my eye level because every time I’ve been to their apartment I’ve remembered seeing it. At some point something must have clicked and inspired me to come up with this video concept— though I gotta confess originally it was meant for a different song we wrote together, one called “I Retired”. Also I want to give a shout out to Josh Goleman—this is the 3rd video we’ve directed together. I think we’re on to something.
The first concert I ever saw in my life was my dad’s band ‘The Del Ray Desperados.’ My dad was (and still is) the lead singer, Don Zientara was (and still is) on guitar, and there’s no question that’s where I got the idea that maybe I could try it some day. When I heard the idea for this video, I knew my dad would pull it off, and I also knew there was only one kid who could get the job done right. As anyone can see, Sam Nivola is only a few years (months?) from stardom.
Special thanks to my old “manager” Walter Durkacz, my bass man Skyler Sherman Skjelset, Zeke “Root Perm” Hutchins, and Mohammad Batmanglij for coming out and looking cool.
They’ve also announced two shows where they’ll play together live for the first time: One at Rough Trade in New York on 9/26, and another at London’s Hoxton Hall on 10/5. More dates will be announced here in the future.
I Had A Dream That You Were Mine is out 9/23 via Glassnote. Pre-order it here.