Today, Billboard is exclusively premiering the new “Taco Night Material” music video by the Claudettes. Created by noted Brooklyn photographer/artist Kate Stone, the 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.
This Claudettes 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 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 psychobilly romp with murder, intrigue, skeletons, bugs, rotting taco meat, singing appliances and, slimiest of all, fetid old gender roles.
This tune was released on right here along with the band’s three additional releases on Yellow Dog Records!’ spring 2018 album DANCE SCANDAL AT THE GYMNASIUM! which you can find
“Boasts punk spirit, earworm melodies, and a neo-retro sound that’s loaded with appeal…” —The Second Disc
“With elements of blues, soul, punk, and flat out noise, the quartet have something truly unique that you have to hear to understand – even if it only succeeds to confuse you more.” —Girl Underground Music
“[The band’s new lineup] has only made’ distinct and idiosyncratic blend — punk, blues, R&B, rockabilly, some jazz — more potent.” —Billboard
“Every song on the album gives me a jumpstart, I hear so many levels of what I consider amazing creativity that it is hard to dissect… this album will end up on a very special list at the end of the year.” —No Depression
Make sure you are firmly situated with three points of contact with the ground, then take a deep breath and give the album a listen. Let us know what you think!
Last February, we released an EP of the audio from ’ early-2017 video session in Johnny Iguana’s piano room. This was a special session, one of the band’s personal favorites. The intimate tracks on Pull Closer to Me: Live in the Piano Room capture mallets-and-brushes performances of Claudettes songs and classics by Pink Floyd, Ruby & the Romantics, T. Rex and the Sundays.
We’re pleased to announce that the set has been nominated by the Independent Music Awards for Live EP of the year! This is the 16th year of the IMAs, and a Yellow Dog Records release has been recognized in 10 of those years — including nods for ’ previous two albums, Infernal Piano Plot… HATCHED! and NO HOTEL. Does that qualify them for a hat trick?
When Pull Closer to Me was released, we described it as “the gentle side” of this very dynamic band. We said that three of this EP’s songs would “come out in VERY different form” on their upcoming electric album. In just a matter of weeks, those electric versions are coming, along with nine other tracks that present “the wild side” of the Claudettes, as captured in throwback analog fashion by Grammy-winning Black Keys producer Mark Neill. Prepare yourself for a DANCE SCANDAL AT THE GYMNASIUM!, landing on March 23!