Experience the Fever Dream That Is Speed Stick’s Video for “Protect Your Magic”

The single features Polvo guitarist Ash Bowie, and will appear on the abstract rockers’ debut album Volume One, out January 22 on Don Giovanni.

Ahead of its release next Friday, the experimental rock supergroup Speed Stick are sharing a second single from their debut album Volume One today, following up their collaborative track featuring Kelley Deal with another high-caliber contributor: Polvo guitarist Ash Bowie. For those new to the project, that’s kind of the gist of their first set of recordings: pair the free jazz–inspired drumming of Bat Fangs’ Laura King and The Love Language’s Thomas Simpson with instrumentation from like-minded peers such as Deal and Bowie, as well as contributions elsewhere on the record from Love Language vocalist Stuart McLamb, Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan, and others.

The messy, noise rock guitar–led new single arrives with a video from co-drummer King marking her first foray into filmmaking. “I think it was easier to piece together being that it’s an instrumental song,” she shares of the fairly abstract visual stringing together a bizarre array of manipulated images. “If it had words I felt like it would have needed a ‘story.’ I felt inspired to create a video that would give the feeling of a fever dream or possibly what it might be like to pass over to the next life seeing visuals that made no sense along with fleeting memories only a brain powering off might see. Not in a downer way, but in an uplifting way where time makes and shifts memories in this, ‘life is short,’ long life.”

Watch the clip below, and pre-order Volume One—out January 22 on Don Giovanni—here.


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