As I write this, WATERS is in the midst of a cross-country adventure, having just arrived in Spokane after a 30-hour drive from Indianapolis following their last of 15-plus shows with Smallpools and Magic Man, and they’ve still got another four hours to go before they get to their ultimate destination: Seattle and a supporting slot on six of Tegan & Sara‘s West Coast dates during November. Despite racing around the country, hopping from tour-to-tour, Van Pierszalowski and company found the time to release a video for “I Feel Everything” off their newly minted It All Might Be O.K. EP.
The video features Piersalowski roaming L.A.’s Pink Motel, dipping in and out of different rooms and a few amusingly disturbing scenarios, before it culminates in the frontman donning a dress, wig, and lipstick (albeit Steve Buscemi in Billy Madison lipstick) and joining his bandmates for the raucous conclusion of the song. This venture into cross-dressing should come as no surprise for a band that dressed as the Spice Girls for Halloween (with guitarist Brian DaMert playing the role of Scary Spice to a T, complete with Mel B.’s signature hair horns – or whatever the hell you want to call them).
Piersalowski told Billboard of the seedy motel backdrop, “It reflects the perfect combination of lost romance, grim present, and slightly hopeful coloring that the song is about. I’m tired of music videos with rock bands featuring smiling happy people with nice perfect haircuts. I wanted this video to be uncomfortable, and for the viewer to be filled with emotions, both positive and negative, because that what the song is about.”
“‘I Feel Everything’ is about being addicted to an abusive relationship that fills your life with extreme peaks and valleys,” Pierszalowski continued. “The video is about getting through that and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Watch WATERS’ “I Feel Everything Below” (warning – it gets pretty NSFW around the , and then get the lowdown on the band’s return to the Bay on November 21, when they play a one-off date opening for Cold War Kids at the Fox Oakland after their gigs with the Quin sisters wrap.
Cold War Kids, WATERS, Avid Dancer
The Fox Theater
November 21, 2014
8pm, $25 (all ages)