Our favorite local synth punks are feeling particularly generous this holiday season. Gym Tonic’s gift of a long-awaited new album comes topped with a shiny video premiere as the bow. The story of ‘B12 Injection’ begins with the viewer lazily channel-surfing through a sort of alternate reality in which all brands are Gym Tonic, before following the destructive daily routine of a salaryman. While nothing short of a nostalgic masterpiece, we were left with a lot of questions: Who is this sad businessman? What inspired this homage? Where can I get my own Gym Tonic shampoo-beverage? Karen Thompson, the band’s bassist, was kind enough to explain:
“We decided to incorporate ourselves and this ‘superbranding’ of the name Gym Tonic into the video to give a sort of 1984 or John Carpenter’s They Live vibe. The song itself was inspired by our dear friend, Andrew, who also happens to be the video’s protagonist. Once upon a time, Andrew was working as a financial writer on Wall Street in 1980’s New York.”
While seemingly ridiculous and satirical, apparently the rumors of Wall Street pencil-pushers receiving B12 injections throughout the workday was and is a very real occurrence.
“Some other tales regaled by Andrew definitely made their way into the video. Neither he nor we can take credit for the ‘bobbing for dildo‘ scene though. That was one take of pure, unadulterated and spontaneous magic.”
You ever get nostalgic for those rainy days in the 70s when you had to run to the payphone and call your boo who you’re on the rocks with, trying to smooth things over? Yeah, me too. Fret not, we can relive it together with Joe James Boyle in his new video for “Difficult Phone Call”.
Shit can be hard in Berlin in the autumn and winter can create a sharp edge in any relationship. Long chats that don’t always end the way we want them is something that most around these parts can identify with. Don’t be shy, JJB is here to help externalize your inner strife.
Check out the single and video below.
For fans of Galaxie 500, The Stones, and The Jesus And Mary Chain a la ‘Stoned And Dethroned’.
Your boys in Plattenbau just released a self-directed video for Taxes, off their latest three-track album and memoir, PTD (Pain, Taxes, Death). Comprised of the US’ and Wales’ finest, Plattenbau is now rooted in Berlin, sharing their brand of irreverent no-wave with our textured local scene. If you like what you see and hear, you have a couple chances to catch them here in Berlin soon, most notably at the FIRST SCHMUTZ SHOW IN HISTORY.