"Life is a beast--you can't ignore it or control it, only patrol it," says Vanessa Bley, frontwoman for the band--wait for it--Beast Patrol. The Brooklyn-based trio funnels that credo into dream-pop-with-an-edge, with their debut EP Fierce and Grateful out this week. But that philosophy also informed the band's music video for their first single, "Plaster", which Bley describes as "a battle between escaping and embracing ones demons."
With an approach that heady, it's no surprise that Beast Patrol, along with director Phil Knott, looked at the work of David Lynch (circa 1986) for video inspiration. There are hazy shots, surreal moments (for the monsters, they used masks from Bley's puppeteer friend Chris De Ville), and even a motorcycle montage. "The motorcycle floating the beasts around was the cherry on top, naturally," Bley says with a smile. You can be the judge of that, since we've got the exclusive premiere of the music video. Watch it below--though be warned, Bley suggests watching it when you're "feeling anxiously melancholic." That, or when you're in the mood to see some artful beasts driving down abandoned back roads, of course. REBECCA WILLA DAVIS