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California instrumental rock duo’s movie club pays homage to halls in ‘Driftwood’ music video

Venice Beach, California Rockers Movie Club. Photo: Dustin Downing

For the Californian rock duo Movie Club, concert halls are “museums of atmosphere”. Both tribute and psychedelic jam, their new music video “Driftwood” – taken from their recently released EP man of war — sees guitarist Vince Cuneo and drummer Jessamyn Violet swinging past multiple venues, at a time when those spaces are among the hardest hit in the music industry due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Filmed with their drums and guitar setup set apart from venues like The Palladium, The Troubadour, The Roxy and The Mint and more, Movie Club delivers laid-back rock that gradually transitions into crisp, chorus-like arrangements. Formed in 2018, the duo have so far released three EPs – kraken, Hammerhead shark and now man of war – which shows a curve towards more swirling psych rock songwriting than before.

After filming the music video for “Driftwood,” Cuneo tells us they started writing and recording their first full-length album. “Uncertainty is something very familiar to artists. The most important thing for us is to keep creating art. I feel very lucky to have a band mate who wants to continue working through these times. Nothing is more rewarding than pushing yourself and hearing the music grow,” he says.

Violet adds that the creative process and the final product itself will help them “keep hope alive as the world we knew melts around us.” The drummer adds, “With no live performance in sight for us for the first time in our lives, we decided it was important to make a music video that captures the majestic nature of these iconic locations that we miss so much. They may not all survive this pandemic unless our government steps in and helps them. As artists, we can use our creative powers to shine a light on what’s important to us.

Watch the video for “Driftwood” below. Stream “Man O’ War” here.