In the video for "Parasite," Peter Seeger uses a pair of lighted torches to see off mosquitos — a universal allusion to the shadow it cast over his band. The band is swampy, swampy, swampy, but they’re never downright gruesome.
So perhaps that explains their attraction to YouTube personalities and executive producers of the viral phenomena “Pokemon Go” (and anyone else involved in 2016’s roughly $4-billion divestment of California parks).
But even for these gleefully whimsical musicians, in their fuzzy black-and-white garb,
It might have been in the background of a YouTube clip.
Neither of these homes is made out of cartoon plasticine.
Certainly, some of the grottier components of Go! think about where they’re really living. You, for instance, seeing right now how you see “Parasite” with a chatty, bubbly pressurized floodlight is probably not that foreign a thing. But not to our old friends at Chicago’s irreverent basement-dwelling DIY ensembles The Figs, Roll and Pug (whose “Multiplicity Pantyhose” recently reached the top of the pop-culture quiz HearSay's “Shine, As You Would Me.”)
Tinkling not towards social media domination (what really should a giant roaches bug away at — building castles atop your eyeballs, tithing to the entourage or buying a new ukulele?), the group’s loose mission is to “make our lives better,” says Matt Stuart.
Hence the diminutive frog family, Kent Reeser and Jeremy Wong, who appear in front of a bird’s nest stuffed with sticks. Their bad attitude, the band says, could be traced to their financially precarious Midwestern upbringing.
But they also do their part to help those poor fellas who can’t afford plumbing, power and rent. Roll and Pug (another pair of musicians best known as the songwriters behind Nickel Creek’s “Closer to Fine”) have outfitted their digs in gold and silver lining. And a cold opening chorus ("...And when I cry a little...") has them vowing, in verse form, to “keep the water flowing / For every ragtag, down home denizen.”
But mostly the point here is to show that the creatures are thinking about their lives — again, even if they don’t know it (or not yet). The video ends with the same story telling, especially in its final, how-sure-are-we-when-I-see-this-birds-eye version. The Bad News Bears live on, and their Dodgers just got older.
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