It isn't that often that we come across a spectacular music video, especially one made by a relatively small local band. But here we go: the clip for new single "Down by Law" from Berkeley postpunk/pysch outfit Vir. The animated vid shows a gloomy, sketched-out dystopia, with heinous monsters, apocalyptic cityscapes, and some stick figures representing the band members. The songs itself is a thick, prickly panorama of haze, whose dark clouds occasionally clear to reveal small moments of beauty -- sort of like the end of the video. Check it all out after the jump.
"Down by Law" is the opening track on Vir's upcoming album, Gillespie, and has been featured on the Seattle college radio station KEXP. According to the band, the video you see below wasn't easy to make: It "was a huge undertaking utilizing Photoshop and After Effects to bring about this bizarre and dystopic world," in fact. So check it out:
Vir plays with My Second Surprise and Never Never at the Red Devil Lounge on June 23. It's bass player Natasha's birthday, so there will be cake!