Director Sam Macon Channels the Spirit of Kenneth Anger for the Fuzz Rockers' Summery Hit
Psychedelic pop hooks, stop-motion flower blooms and beatific visions engulf garage punk band Crocodiles in Chicago-based director Sam Macon’s new video for upcoming single, “Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9).” According to Macon the religious imagery grew from the song’s opening lyrics, “It’s Sunday and the world loves itself.” “I honed in on the idea of making a large-scale version of a roadside memorial,” explains the filmmaker. The song is taken from the San Diego natives’ third album Endless Flowers, a Farfisa organ-drenched collection perfectly balancing pop forms and blissed-out abandonment that was recorded during a month-long residency at notorious Berlin nightspot Ficken 2000. “Berlin's decadence was a huge allure,” says Crocodiles frontman Brandon Welchez. “We had experienced it somewhat on tour but knew that we'd need to spend an extended period of time there in order to soak up the city's various juices.” Macon first crossed paths with Welchez and guitarist Charles Rowell a decade ago, and subsequently made the video for Crocodiles’ “Hearts of Love” single in 2010. “When collaborating with Charles and Brandon, the work of Kenneth Anger is always channeled,” explains Macon. “His work is where the band and I meet aesthetically and conceptually, exploring themes like the occult, youth subculture, iconography and sexuality.” Here Welchez reveals his top five psychedelic music videos.
Beatles – “I Am The Walrus”
This video never loses its sense of fun. I love how it pokes fun at “the establishment” in its own subtle way.
Soft Cell – “Sex Dwarf”
I don't know if this constitutes psychedelicism, but my definition is pretty loose. This video is made to give parents heart attacks and make governments review their censorship policies!
Dum Dum Girls – “Bedroom Eyes”
Sam directed this as well, so there is bound to be some overlap. To me, this video looks the way cotton candy tastes.
Sid Vicious – “My Way”
A perfect piss-take of high society, and the ending is killer–– literally!
The Horrors – “Sheena is a Parasite”
Absolutely grotesque in the best possible way!
Endless Flowers is out in Europe through Souterrain Transmissions and in the US through French Kiss in June.