"In insane times, music and art are beacons of sanity," Western Addiction said back in March when they unleashed "They Burned Our Paintings," the lead single off their forthcoming third album, Frail Bray. "Play it loud." Indeed, the San Francisco hardcore-punk quintet's music is meant to be blasted at full volume. It's urgent and anxious, but also fun, and it fucking rocks. It's not afraid to be smart, either. "We're the anticult/Atonal radikale/Surreal and simplistic, vulgar and sadistic," singer Jason Hall yowls right off the bat on "They Burned Our Paintings." "In the motherland Big Dada jazz men/Go tell the minister, modern life is sinister."
Today (May 6th), Western Addiction have teamed with Revolver to premiere the video for the rip-roaring cut, which, considering the song's themes and references, was fittingly filmed in an art gallery. That doesn't mean these dudes were sipping wine while critiquing pretentious paintings. To the contrary, they throw down with sweaty abandon in the clip. Watch it above, and check out Hall's comments below. Frail Bray is due out May 15th; you can pre-order it via Fat Wreck Chords now.
"'They Burned Our Paintings' is about degenerate art in the 1920s and '30s so it made sense the video would be set in a gallery," Hall tells us. "A longtime friend manages 111 Minna in San Francisco and was beyond generous to let us use this beautiful space. The band loves and follows art. I am by no means a studied art-historian, but I find it calming to walk the museums of SF, especially the Legion of Honor. I love everything about the art scene, the gross and the grand, and it baffles me as to what catches the cultural wind and what doesn't. I feel that when the band slows down, I'll start painting again. The images in the video are from artists featured in the world's most famous exhibition in Munich in 1937. My favorite pieces are from Hans Richter, and I also like Oskar Schlemmer, the Bauhaus artist. And if you like metal, check out "The Trench" by Otto Dix. Brutal!"