One of my favorite bands going today is Primitive Weapons. The Brooklyn band, composed of hardcore scene veterans like guitarist Arthur Shepherd, who’s been in a billion bands including Mind over Matter, and is now one of the co-owners of Saint Vitus Bar with vocalist David Castillo, has an edge, attitude, and grace rarely seen in this kind of music. So it’s exciting to hear that they’ve got a record coming out this fall via Ben Weinman’s outlet Party Smasher Inc, entitled The Future of Death.
The boys just dropped a new video for “The Electric Drama,” which heavily incorporates green screen in one of the more creative ways since Entombed’s “Wolverine Blues” vid from way back in the $100,000-budget video days. At its heart, this video is just a live performance (shot in Saint Vitus), but the disorienting flickering of band and crowd functions both as a cool aesthetic choice as well as a subtle commentary on modern-day concertgoing. I love seeing this sort of art – the kind that doesn’t overbearingly preach a political message, but also doesn’t rely on a technology or gear choice to be its driving force.
Oh, and the song is relentless. Check it out below and get stoked for this album.