VIDEO: “Used” by SeepeopleS

Photo courtesy of the band

Former local outfit SeepeopleS returned to Asheville in March with new album The Dead Souls Sessions. Since the release of that project — the band’s first effort since Apocalypse Cow, Vol. II in 2009 — SeepeopleS has also been working on videos. Seen below, “Used,” was created by Victoria Karol.

From a press release:

Written and produced in Portland, Maine by the band and longtime visual collaborator Victoria Karol, the video centers on up-close, one-on-one moments with each band member in an intimate living room setting, while the blinking lights of a bustling city street flash maniacally in their faces, perhaps a reminder that the information age is always trying to break down the door. While the song’s lyrics focus on pressure to conform, and the idea that we as citizens are used as cogs in a greater machine, the band’s affable-yet-cynical sense of humor is still here, showcasing each band member’s ability to poke fun at themselves and SeepeopleS’ music.

The band also took to the streets of Portland, asking friends and local residents to share a message with the band’s fans. From one word messages such as “DRIVE” (as in always have it) or “BEER” (perhaps a reminder to always have IT too!) to more emotionally resonant messages reminding us to keep a good friend close on the streets, never accept complacency, or be kind to others, each participant shared what was on his or her mind at the time, offering us a chance to learn about our neighbors and the values they hold near and dear. As the song builds in intensity and sense of urgency, we focus in on a beautiful young traveling newlywed couple as they dance in the streets, celebrating the freedom of their future together, eschewing traditional ideas of how to be a part of our culture.

The video as a whole captures the essence of SeepeopleS. While the song incorporates kid toys and keyboards, the video also represents high minded concepts executed with lo-fi elements. The egg raiding spirit of making music with what you got is on full display! We hope you love it.

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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