New York indie cult band We Are Scientists present the revealing video for new single ‘Fault Lines’, today. Unlike previous revealing moments in videos released by the band – such as Keith Murray’s state of undress in ‘Heart Is a Weapon’ – the video for ‘Fault Lines’ bravely exposes a hidden secret related to the singer’s songwriting process. Re-enacting dramatic scenes from a story of euphoric highs and unsettling lows, the duo’s onscreen performance is not to be missed.
Talking about the making of the video, singer and guitarist Keith Murray explains… “I generally HATE it when bands dress up as kooky characters and do a lot of over-the-top mugging in their videos. That said, to tell this story correctly demanded just that sort of thing from bass-man Chris Cain. Thankfully, Chris is widely acknowledged as one of the funniest and most charismatic people in his field — not just in music, but in entertainment of any kind.”
Murray continues, commenting further on bassist Chris Cain’s performance… “I could watch Chris as this producer character for hours, even if the footage weren’t scored by one of the finest songs of this century (our own Fault Lines). The character is a tasteful amalgamation of every producer we’ve ever studied under. He’s got the well-earned confidence of Ariel Rechtshaid (With Love and Squalor, Brain Thrust Mastery, Barbara), the ineffable cool of Chris Coady (TV En Francais) and the sartorial panache of Max Hart (Helter Seltzer, Megaplex). I begged Chris to green-light a version of the Fault Lines video that was nothing but this producer character, in all his unctuous glory. Sadly for the world, Chris’ modesty won out. The video is still an unparalleled achievement in the filmic arts.”
Chris Cain adds in a rare moment of self-adulation… “We wanted to capture the quietly oppressive dread of David Fincher’s “Seven” movie, but there was just too much on-screen heat — once the pot was boiling, we couldn’t get it back to the Fincher simmer. The thing that kept getting away from us was my charisma, I think, in the producer role. Your eyes just go to him. If your eyes were two little compass needles, he’d be magnetic north. So that was something we had to deal with, a problem Fincher didn’t have working with Pitt or Paltrow or Freeman or even Spacey.”
Driving home the point, Cain continues speaking about his acting in the video for the band’s electrifying new single ‘Fault Lines’… “What I’m proudest of, though, is the work I did with the Uber driver, the songwriter demon guy. That’s character work, and nobody’s born with it, you have to train it. Lots of people will watch the video and not catch that that’s me in that role. You bury yourself in a character like that; you keep shovelling it on until you, the performer, run out of air and blackout, and that’s when you wake up as the role. Not even “in,” just “as.” You’re him. So you watch the video and don’t see me in those scenes, and that’s true, in a very real sense.”
Watch the video for ‘Fault Lines’ – BELOW:
‘Fault Lines’ is an immediately addictive track, packed with all the hallmarks of a We Are Scientists classic, and its timely arrival is here to see us safely through lockdown 2.0.