LA trio Warbly Jets have shared the video for the title track from their latest EP Propaganda.
The band spent the last year opening for Liam Gallagher, criss-crossing the world three times and their track ‘Alive’ was featured in the opening to the PS4 game Marvel’s Spider-Man.
Warbly Jets self-produced the EP at Ultrasound Studios in downtown LA.
“Our culture at large has been weaponized by propaganda. We exist like robots inside of a program we ourselves created The era of real life human interaction is heading for a swift end. We experience life through likes, comments, and products ignoring the chaos and suffering around us,” frontman Samuel Shea explained in an e-mail.
In keeping with their DIY ethos, the band enlisted drummer Saamuel Richard to direct the video for ‘Propaganda’.
“The idea behind the visual direction of this song is to show a side of feeling overwhelmed. There’s lots of fast changes showing pain and over-saturation,” Richard said. “The Propaganda EP is primarily sample based, so the idea was to match the visuals to what the music is also doing. There’s lots of sample footage of propaganda and pain. I also shot super 8 footage of people on the streets of Los Angeles, showing different sides of life. My goal was to shine a light on the extreme suffering and overindulgence.”
The EP finds the band exploring a society where life is increasingly commodified.
‘Propaganda’ is a term as much as it’s a cultural ethos that’s been widely accepted. Anything from advertisement to self-aggrandizement qualifies,” multi-instrumentalist Julien O’neill said. “From social media, push notifications, targeted ads—we’ve openly elected to carry around miniature billboards, playing our part under the promising guise of a sense of ‘connection.’ We feel empty without it.”
After a year of non-stop touring, the band returned to the studio with a new perspective.
“We were getting burnt out and really wanted to shake up our writing process, so we’ve been working much more with samplers and keyboards,” Shea added.
Catch Warbly Jets on the following dates;
2.10 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
2.12 – Montreal, QC @ Quai Des Brumes^
2.13 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Underground^
2.14 – Detroit, MI @ Third Man Records^
2.15 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas^
2.16 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry^
2.17 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
2.19 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
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^ w/ Moonwalks
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3. NO ALLEGIANCE TO THE GAME