Backseat Beat Episode 9: Social Studies part 2 from Brad Robertson on Vimeo.

Backseat Beat is a video series highlighting indie musicians and the city by the Bay. Armed with Flip cameras, we interview bands in the back seat of our ‘83 Volvo as we spirit them away to unexpected, forgotten corners of San Francisco, where they plug in outdoors to play a few tunes. Each band’s performance transforms these urban spots from their anonymous day to day existence into surreal, magical backdrops.

The smell emanating from the back of the van, the bitching and moaning about how your stash of expired Slim Jims has mysteriously disappeared, playing the license-plate game for the nth fucking time, passing the last rest stop for 150 miles just before that last beer hits your bladder… It’s like Vacation all over again. The real question on our minds here at Backseat Beat headquarters is not which member of Social Studies would play Clark Griswold, but rather, what the hell did happen to that stack of nudie books this high?

In this week’s installment of Backseat Beat, our favorite juvenile delinquents practice their back seat singalong technique in preparation for hitting the road for SXSW. Not content to feel up every state in the union, Social Studies skipped town and parked it in Texas recently to enlighten the visiting hordes (and the few Austin natives that actually remain in Austin during SXSW) with their moody, mathy brand of indie pop. We’re hoping they kept their pants on this time around but we aren’t holding our breath.

Backseat Beat exclusive: Social Studies perform You Still Laughing from Brad Robertson on Vimeo.

So enjoy the episode (if you missed part 1, you can watch it here), and be sure to check out the full video for Social Studies’ unreleased new song, You Still Laughing. Oh — and don’t forget to pick out something nice for the band from their Canadian wedding registry. What does America’s first four-way-married rock band really need, anyway? They have each other and the B-52s, and that should be enough for any family.

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Social Studies, Backseat Beat Episode 9, part 2

Backseat Beat

Created by Brad Robertson

Produced by Dana Goldberg & Brad Robertson

Hosted by Jaime Lee Currier