Of Mice, Men and Drama: Eyelids Premiere “Camelot”
According to Eyelids’ Chris Slusarenko, the bands’ videos have never lacked in creativity. “We’ve already done pro-wrestlers singing our songs, animated death by the folks at Rick & Morty, threw Peter Buck a sad birthday party,” he says. So, when it came time to create some visuals for the track “Camelot,” off of their new Peter Buck-produced record or, Eyelids had some laurels to avoid resting on.
Lucky for them, Slusarenko had years of directing experience under his belt (he used to make videos for Elliott Smith’s Heatmiser, for one)…and a very special prop: an adorable fake mouse.
“John Moen showed me a photo of a fake mouse that his sister Sara had made,” he explains, referring to his band mate, who also plays in the Decemberists. “It was so beautifully crafted that we thought maybe we could use it for a segment or something. We knew that Sara and [our friend] Sarah Nagy could animate the mouse entering its home and that some mischief would happen there, but we weren’t sure what to surround the animation with story-wise.”
From there, the whimsically insane video for “Camelot” was born. Starring Moen as an actor in love with a rodent (a very Burton/Taylor-esque affair), the video depicts the theatrical premiere of an imagined acting troupe’s not-so-lavish production.
“I’ve always been kind of uncomfortable watching live theater, so we pulled in a lot of that swagger, awkwardness and confidence that you sometimes live with in that world,” Slusarenko says. “[The video features] stop-motion animation, inflated egos, true love, backstage drama and even space flight.”
Directed by Slusarenko, Moen and pal John Clark, and featuring animation by Sara Moen and Nagy, the video brings the song to (surreal) life.
Sat. July 22nd BUNK BAR Portland Oregon
Sat. Aug 12th TRAVELER’S REST FESTIVAL Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheater Missoula Montana (w/ The Head & The Heart, Belle & Sebastian, Shakey Graves, The Decemberists, Charles Bradley)
Fri. Sept. 29th w/ DREAM SYNDICATE Star Theater Portland Oregon
Sat. Sept. 30th w/ DREAM SYNDICATE The Tractor Seattle Washington
Sat. Oct. 21st The Hemlock Tavern San Fransisco California
Sun. Oct. 22nd Echoplex Los Angeles California
(Photo credit: John Clark)
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