Wednesday, October 31, 2018

MUSIC VIDEO: Bradley Wik and the Charlatans -- "Let's Go Out Tonight"

Bradley Wik is one of the few people who can point to a music video about zombies and call it semi-autobiographical. Wik released a strong debut album a couple of summers ago -- including one of the few songs I have ever heard anywhere about a woman struggling with addiction that didn't mourn her loss as a sexual object. (Something I refer to as the "Tragic Woman" -- you know the song I'm talking about.)

Wik's a sensitive songwriter who's only going to get better as he gets more road-tested, but that process was cut short shortly before the album's release. Wik was in a car accident, suffering a concussion whose symptoms lasted for months, which put a damper on promoting the album. So Wik brought some fun to it now that he's ready to get back out there.

The video for "Let's Go Out Tonight" starts out simple enough -- just a boy trying to woo his person and go out on the town. But things abruptly change when the protagonist gets hit by a car. But death won't deter him from his primary goal: partying. The whole thing is a great time, but the zombie meets its end the way most zombies do. Given the events of the past weekend, it may be a bit too soon for some people to see a scene like that. This has nothing to do with Wik and more to do with unfortunate timing. However, I wanted to give anyone a heads-up if you're feeling a bit spooked for reasons unrelated to jack-o-lanterns.

Bradley Wik and the Charlatans -- Official, Bandcamp

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