The Gotobeds – Wasted On Youth (Music Video)
by Steven Spoerl
There were a small handful of great music videos to be released in the past few days. These videos covered a very wide spectrum, from Frankie Cosmos’ Justin Bieber-centric “Art School” clip to Hamilton Leithauser’s gorgeous “5 AM”, all awash in soft saturation and noir-ish cinematography. Buzzcocks’ “It’s Not You” made a strong case for the band’s ongoing relevancy and undeniable importance, Sharon Van Etten proved her music videos can be just as quietly arresting as her music with the Carla Juri-starring, Sean Durkin-directed “Your Love Is Killing Me“, and Grouper’s “Made of Air” achieved the unenviable task of living up to Grouper’s inherently cinematic nature by combining sped-up edits and superimposed images of nature to create a feeling of total unease.
It’d be a waste, of course, not to mention the DIY clip for The Gotobeds’ “Wasted On Youth”. The Gotobeds’ brilliantly titled Poor People Are Revolting may very well wind up being one of the year’s most overlooked records and warrants much more attention than it’s been getting (even with the NPR First Listen distinction). Poor People Are Revolting is a collection of bruising, visceral post-punk that refuses to pull punches. “Wasted On Youth” takes a similarly unapologetic approach in both premise and execution; it’s mostly just the band mock-running and allowing themselves to goof off for a few minutes in front of a green screen. No more, no less- and it winds up being an immensely entertaining 87 seconds. All in all, it’s yet another testament to a commendable DIY ethos and an important reminder that it’s alright to loosen up every once in a while.
Watch “Wasted On Youth” below and order Poor People Are Revolting from 12XU here.