Japanese Breakfast at the Chapel, by Kaiya Gordon

Michelle Zauner, better known as the mastermind behind Japanese Breakfast, recently accompanied a fall tour announcement with the release of a new music video for “Road Head.” The song comes from Japanese Breakfast’s new album, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, released on July 14.

“Road Head” is the fifth music video that Zauner has collaborated on with Adam Kolodny. The pair drew on Twin Peaks and Fallen Angels, focusing on staging and on an exaggerated color palette. The song opens with a shimmering guitar and elegant vocal harmonies reminiscent of an orchestra of harps. The video’s protagonist lives alone with her demon, a giant skull-masked creature with black fur, nodding along to the beat, and even ripping some air guitar. But a life of cigarettes and noodle cups aren’t enough, and eventually she grows tired of her shadow.

Japanese Breakfast is recently toured with Tegan and Sara, and after a month-long break in August, the band hits the road again following Labor Day weekend. They start out in Washington D.C., with Bay Area dates at the Swedish American Hall on September 21 and the Starline Social Club on September 22. Both shows also feature Philadelphia bands Mannequin Pussy and the Spirit of The Beehive.

Japanese Breakfast, Mannequin Pussy, the Spirit of The Beehive
Swedish American Hall
September 21, 2017
8pm, $13

Japanese Breakfast, Mannequin Pussy, The Spirit of The Beehive
Starline Social Club
September 22, 2017
8pm, $13