Party Dozen & Nick Cave “Macca The Mutt”
After temporarily pausing the release of the new video for “Macca The Mutt” amidst Nick Cave’s tragic recent loss, Party Dozen have received Cave’s blessing and encouragement to publicly present the video.
“When Party Dozen asks you to make a clip for a track featuring Nick Cave, you say yes. You don’t ask questions. You wipe the tears of joy from your eyes and just say ‘YES!’.
We wanted to channel a uniquely Australian aesthetic for this clip. The cinematography nods to classic Aussie cinema of the 70’s. Films like ‘Wake in Fright’ and ‘Stone’ were reference points. And tonally, we wanted the grit and chaos of such films to permeate our vignettes. It’s the kind of vibe that makes you slightly recoil because you can almost taste a face full of dirt and smell diesel in the air.
The guys had talked about creatively exploring their instruments as tools and performance as a kind of manual labour. We focused on linking vignettes thematically and tapped into concepts explored on the album, ‘The Real Work’. So we structured the film around key performative scenes. In some scenes, we pushed them really hard physically. In others, they were made to feel uncomfortable or challenged in other ways. Circle motifs, shot repetition and meaningless exercises like smashing an old wreck of a car, driving nowhere or searching for something that isn’t there also hint towards the cyclic and laborious nature of work. Or life. Whatever you wanna take from it.
It was really important to Jono & Kirsty that we didn’t take things too seriously. So we also hope the themes explored do so with a healthy dose of levity.
We worked closely with Jono & Kirsty on the scene ideation. We wanted to make sure that the clip oozed Party Dozen from start to finish. But mostly we just wanted to hang out with them ‘cause they are cool as fuck.”
Tanya Babic & Jason Sukadana
Party Dozen are a duo from Sydney made up of Kirsty Tickle (saxophone) and Jonathan Boulet (percussion and sampler). Since forming in 2017, they have become renowned in Australia for their incendiary live shows, touring and playing with acts such as LIARS, Tropical Fuck Storm and Viagra Boys. Exactly what Party Dozen are is completely up to the listener. Doom. Jazz. Hardcore. Psychedelic. No-wave. Industrial.
Although largely instrumental, their sets are punctuated by Kirsty’s unique “singing” style, screaming into the bell of her saxophone which itself goes through a bevy of effects pedals. Intensely independent in everything they do, the duo write, perform and record everything themselves.
The Real Work
Temporary Residence Ltd
1. The Iron Boot
2. Macca The Mutt (feat. Nick Cave)
3. Fruits Of Labour
4. The Worker
5. Earthly Times
6. The Big Quit
7. Major Beef
9. Risky Behaviour
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