Vundabar Get Lavish in “Chop” Music Video Premiere via Interview Magazine
Gawk out now via the band’s own Gawk Records
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Boston’s Vundabar are sharing their new music video for “Chop” via Interview Magazine. The clip captures the band’s skittish surf punk / indie centric glam-pop brilliance while highlighting their goofy sense of fun that embodies the true spirit of the band. Creating a decidedly different sound than their Boston peers, Vundabar have earned a reputation as one of the cities absolute best and hardest working up-and-coming bands.
Brandon Hagen, Vundabar vocalist/guitarist shared, “The concept for the music video for “Chop” was meant to mimic the songs concept. The chorus of “Chop” was written in the style of a 60’s love song, but the lyrical content sharply constants the musical stylings. It sounds like a love song, but is lyrically the anti-thesis to a love song and there’s an irony in that. This is the idea I brought to George Burghall, who directed. I wanted to bring the same irony of the song to the video and so we present ourselves as these glamourous and decadent characters, clad in chains and turtlenecks. “
08/13 – Cape Elizabeth, ME @ Eswhy Eskay A Farm
08/14 – Rochester, NY
08/15 – Toronto, Canada @ PACT Bar
08/21 – Boston, MA @ Greenfest
08/23 – Boston, MA @ O’Briens (Matinee, Exploding In Sound Records Weekend)
08/24 – Hadley, MA @ Asbestos Barn
09/04 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs (Album Release Show)
09/05 – Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades w/ Pupppy & Dirty Dishes
Vundabar was born out of the alienation that goes along with the high school years.Brandon Hagen (20) was a lanky weirdo, ill equipped for Scituate High School’s long standing history of sports, trucks, and drinking. His recreational activities included dodging rocks thrown by groups of future frat bro’s and in turn further egging them on by relaying spray painted messages in their driveways. Drew McDonald (20) was an equally lanky glasses-wearing loner, having moved three times throughout his youth to finally end up living next door to Brandon. This chance occurrence made Hagen and McDonald into an unlikely pair.
Taking solace in music and absurdist humor, they would watch stand-up specials for hours, share albums with one another, and hash out the songs which would become Vundabar’s first full length, ‘Antics‘, which they recorded in Drew’s room with two microphones and garageband. Brandon projected his feelings of resentment, humor, and cynicism into his songs. There is an element of jest and aggression in Vundabar’s music which roots itself in the experiences of condemnation and alienation Hagen experienced throughout high school.
After a self release, incessant touring, and having Zackery Abramo (21) join to play bass, they received an offer from a French booking agency to tour throughout Europe. In the summer and fall of 2014 they toured Europe for three months, with a month long US tour wedged in the middle. Despite the excitement that came along with these opportunities, each member’s home life was becoming more and more unstable throughout these tours. The band had become a source of stability in a seemingly all at once unstable world. After these tours ended the three went into Mystic Valley Analog Recording Studio to record a follow up to ‘Antics‘.
The album that resulted, ‘Gawk‘, is a dynamic collection of ten songs. It blends pop sensibilities, loud quiet loud dynamics, and jarring energy. There are themes of alienation, identity, perception, detachment and a quiet bitterness blended with humor threading its way through the album. It is a culmination of last two years of their lives.