Independent rock band The Dodies debuted the video for its latest single this week.
The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Alien‘ Friday. The song is the second single from the band’s debut album It’s One Hell of a Ride. The band debuted the album’s lead single ‘Sell Out‘ and its companion video in April.
The ‘Alien’ video is an animated work that is composed of what can only be described as very psychedelic imagery. Some of that imagery can be considered unsettling, so some viewer discretion is advised.
Front man Yoni Avittan talked about the video’s creation in a recent interview.
“The day Bumblefoot first pushed us to make an animated video I thought “Uh f***, no way that’s gonna happen,” he said. “I don’t even know any animators I can trust.” I felt bummed out about it, and I was also nervous because that same day I was trying to plan my girlfriend’s surprise birthday party. I had no idea what to buy her so I went over to my parent’s apartment to ask my Mom for help. She just happened to be in the right position to see an old drawing notebook that was covered under a pile of old novels, my dad bought it for me in high school but I never used it, she said “why don’t you just draw her a portrait?” that’s when I knew I was going to be the animator for the video.”
“I rushed over to one of the only “art shops” in our town in southern Israel,” added Avittan. “I was their last customer before the two-month shutdown, a lucky break. My girlfriend and I started developing the ideas for the video right after the shutdown started; we were convinced it would take a couple of weeks at first (lol), but it just kept developing. We began drawing and painting for hours almost every day, it nearly pushed our relationship to the brink, but she believes in the band and she’s a great artist. She did way more than she had to. So did our cameraman friend Eden Zemer. He could’ve taken a shitload of money for all the weeks he spent editing this, but he grew up with us and he always believed in what we did. The process ended up taking more than four months.”
Avvitan’s band mate, Ran Aronson added to the discussion.
“The last few months’ unfortunate events have given us a lot of unexpected free time,” he said. “So we decided to use that time and make something we had never attempted before – making an animated music video. At first, the song Alien may sound intense for the cartoons we created. But the more you watch the video, the more you realize it fits the song perfectly. Thanks to all the nuances we worked on for months, the final result accurately captures what The Dodies are all about. This is, without a doubt, the most ambitious video we have made.”
The song’s musical arrangement will appeal to garage and punk rock fans with its aggressive guitars, drums and vocals, and production. Its lyrical theme is a deeply introspective work, according to front man Yoni Avittan.
“I wrote Alien when I was a patient in one of southern Israel’s psychiatric departments,” Avittan said. “I would often refer to myself as an alien that speaks a different language and has a different understanding of things than humans do. I wrote the song in accordance with how I felt whether it was a “wrong” way of thinking or not. It was my truth and I wanted to stick to it with a sort of ‘fuck you, I’m depressed’ attitude. Although the lyrics are harsh and the instrumentation is aggressive, I did my best to keep the song melodic.”
One Hell of a Ride is available to stream and download here. The album was co-produced by Avvitan, Aronson and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses).
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