It’s Arctic Monkeys week and depending on how good/ terrible Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino is, there might be an indie rock resurgence on the horizon. With that in mind, we decided to scour the current landscape of indie-oriented musicians in search of some new blood.
Aaron Taos is one our best finds. Based in New York, Taos specials in a kind of Americana-aided indie that somehow owes as much to punk as it does to Brit-pop with swaggering vocal lines and orchestral flourishes. Today he premieres the video for his latest single ‘Venom’. Directed by regular collaborators the Tanaka Bros, it takes place out at sea with Taos in the role of a James Bond-type figure who has been kidnapped. The video flirts with Stockholm syndrome, with Taos at one point serenading his kidnapper in hopes of winning her mercy, but predictably things don’t end well.
Speaking about the track Toas said: “The video was directed by the Tanaka Bros (who also did my videos, ‘ILL’, ‘These Days’, and ‘Hands’). When I’ve worked with them in the past, I let them take the reigns conceptually. However, on this go around I already the idea completely in my head, so I sat them down to pitch it. I was nervous they weren’t going to like it, but they ended up loving it and ran with it. We shot the video over a couple days on July 4th weekend in the Long Island Sound. On screen, “Venom”, played by my girlfriend Kaety, has taken me as hostage and is in the process of dropping me off to sleep with the fishes. We really wanted to play her character up with the costume, setting, and being surrounded by ski-masked goons. She had never acted before on screen but she killed it! I’m really proud of her. Although the shoot was fun, I spent two days tied up getting kicked around on a boat in the hot sun, so I’m glad its over.”
Watch the video for ‘Venom’ below.
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