Premiere: Go On A Psychedelic Adventure
With Jamaican Queens’ ‘Don’t Call Me Up’

Detroit weirdos Jamaican Queens made one of the year’s most compelling albums with their second LP Downers, released earlier this year. Capturing modern malaise while seamlessly blending disparate influences, it’s an intensely gripping collection of songs, even in its more lighthearted moments. The new wave-tinged “Don’t Call Me Up” is about as breezy as it gets, a jangly affair perfect for your end of summertime blues. Its video, premiered here, brings out the band’s surreal side, following drummer Ryan Clancy on a mysterious adventure filtered through psychedelic animation.

The clip was directed by Dan DeMaggio, who provided us with the following statement:

My name is artist: Mister DeMaggio.This is a documentary I made. My iPhone camera hadn’t been updated in years, so it messes up the footage a lot. I wasn’t able to reduce all the noise and glitches, so I just kept it in there. I was filming a documentary about my Friend Bob Sax and his partner/twin Rob Stax. They look exactly alike and dry-hump with a bondage gimp named Terry Tammy. When Terry Tammy came over for a makeup session my camera started to have problems and it made all the color mistakes happen. But whatever, people say it makes me a video artist now. Normally I just clean my friends for money. The documentary follows the tormented break-up of Bob Sax and Robert Stax; and it opens a portal into the psychological anguish emotional attachment can manifest. I was working with a lab tech at MIT who offered me access to digital output from an MRI scan. He was scanning the brain of emo kids to see if there were any visible rainbows. All those rainbows are included here but I don’t take any credit for them. Thank you to Jamaican Queens for offering to bring this film to proper audiences who can benefit from its information.

Emo and non-emo kids alike can watch the “Don’t Call Me Up” video below. Downers is out now. Follow Jamaican Queens on Facebook and Twitterfor more.

 


text by: Katie Chow










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