There is something to be said for those stadium-sized artists who deal in grand, glossy, sweeping gestures. They generally stick to the usual tropes of love, hope and heartbreak, and they tend to connect with the masses. As a strategy for success, this is both safe and effective. But let’s be honest: it’s more than a bit cheap. Thankfully, there are bands out there who aren’t satisfied with the status quo. These are the bands who aren’t afraid to disarm the ego (and its corresponding set of filters) to boldly explore the id in the hopes of communicating something more. One such band that has done this to great effect over the course of several albums is the folk weirdos outfit Andrew Jackson Jihad, and HIP Video Promo is very pleased to introduce the clip for their newest single “Temple Grandin.”
“Temple Grandin” is a relentless and frenetic blast of acoustic punk that recalls the sound of Neutral Milk Hotel while allowing Bonnette’s distinct sense of melody and wordplay to shine. “Open up your murder eyes and see the ugly world that spat you out,” he sings happily before the band bursts into gear. In the song, he namechecks Stevie Wonder, Helen Keller, and, of course, Temple Grandin herself, who famously brought about “humane” change to American slaughterhouses, hence, Bonnette’s maniacally repeated refrain, “Find a nicer way to kill it.” Check out their full artist page here.