Billboard Debuts Creepy & Creative Stop Motion Animation Video From Chicago Charmers The Claudettes
Today Billboard has exclusively debuted the new music video by Chicago band the Claudettes. Created by noted Brooklyn photographer/artist Kate Stone, the "Taco Night Material" video was made using stop-motion animation and photographic cut-outs in a diorama-like set. It was entirely made by hand with no digital manipulation, and took about eight hours to animate every 30 seconds of footage. See the incredibly creative video here.
The song is the confession of a woman who finds herself trapped in an oppressive marriage. Facing a future of agonizingly domestic "Taco-Night Tuesdays," she chooses murder over a life of never-ending wifely responsibilities. It's a women's empowerment anthem (well suited to the current national discussion about women's rights) that doubles as a "killer" Halloween cut. The imagery in the video references 16th-century vanitas paintings, but here the still lives are not still. It's a fast-paced, surreal romp with murder, intrigue, skeletons, bugs, rotting taco meat, singing appliances and, slimiest of all, fetid old gender roles.
The track "Taco Night Material" was recorded with Grammy-winning producer Mark Neill (the Black Keys, Old 97's) at his Soil of the South studio in Valdosta, Georgia, and released on the Claudettes' spring 2018 album DANCE SCANDAL AT THE GYMNASIUM! (Yellow Dog Records). Currently, the Claudettes are already recording a new album with another Grammy-winning producer, Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, The Devil Makes Three, Gaslight Anthem).
Claudettes tour dates, more videos and band news: https://theclaudettes.com/
The four Claudettes albums on Yellow Dog Records: http://yellowdogrecords.com/theclaudettes
About the video creator, Kate Stone: https://katestone.net/