Last year, Treble premiered the track “No Compass, No Map” from the self-titled album by Philadelphia group The Chairman Dances. And now today, we’re premiering the video for that very track. The clip is directed by Bob Sweeney, and depicts a meta-narrative about making a video, naturally. It’s a cold day in Philly, and the video has the look of an old home movie, with dialogue in the form of subtitles. Ultimately, making a video ends up proving more challenging than they had hoped for.
Here’s what the band says in a statement about the video: “Filming took place on one of the coldest days of the year; the temperature, with wind chill, was -20 degrees. Sweeney, who used a vintage camera to shoot on Super 8 film, feared the motor in his camera would stop working due to the bitter weather.” Watch the full clip below.
The Chairman Dances’ self-titled album is out now.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.