Just a month after releasing the first single off of their forthcoming album, A Place to Bury Strangers is back with another video, for their new single “There’s Only One of Us.” This one highlights new drummer Lia Simone Braswell, who plays the drums while standing up and helps her bandmates build a tower of instruments, amps, and wires in keeping with the song’s message of resistance through unity.
The video– shot at Elsewhere in East Williamsburg, where the band will have its record release party on April 12– was directed by Elizabeth Skadden. “The inspiration comes from the foghorn bass line, military drum beat, and kamikaze guitars that intimate a war taking place,” Skadden is quoted as saying. “Talking to the band, I learned the ‘war’ was people under the siege of making a creative project. The work the band does to create the song is expressed in the ‘totem’ built over the course of the music video.” The lighting, she says, was inspired in part by the films of Pedro Almodovar and Kathryn Bigelow.
A press release describes the song as “a haunting, harmonized response to the tensions of our current political climate,” hence lines like “If everyone could hear the lies and never act surprised, we’d all be dead.”
Have a listen: