Video of The Day (Premiere Edition): Bohemians

There's a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

Mondays are rough. At best, tedious; at worst, brutal. What most Mondays need is a pick-me-up, something to take away the bitter sting of the start of yet another work week. Something, for example, like Bohemians' "Painted Faces." 

"Painted Faces" is an exercise in escapism, a breathless burst of tender, deliriously giddy energy. With all that dizzying, unbridled enthusiasm, the song has the potential to help you forget, and to elicit may well instead the need to get up and do some serious living room shimmying. They may be tenderfoots, but the members of Bohemians are already well on their way. 

The (lyric) video, premiering right here and now, captures the essence of the song quite well. Of the song, Bohemians opine: "'Painted Faces' is actually one of the first songs we ever wrote as a band. Our lead singer, Luke, went to a concert at the Bowery (NYC) where everyone in the crowd painted each other’s faces with shapes and symbols. After the show, to make his train back to our farmy hometown on Long Island, he had to run through Chinatown, looking like a neon cultist. It was a very surreal experience as a teenager and it fanned out into this song shortly after." 

In the video, you'll see an ever-changing main visual of the band members, with some undulating colors and other effects cavorting all around them. And speaking of cavorting, this is definitely a song to cavort to. So go forth, friends, and cavort away.

For the New Yorkers among you, be sure to head to DROM this Thursday, where you can check out Bohemians doing their thing live.      

[posted 11.6.17]


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