In the new clip, Sadie Dupuis battles a villain in a brilliantly colourful clip, which takes inspiration from the B-Movies of ’60s.
Speaking about the track and video in a press release, Sadie says: “‘Villain’ is about the mental gymnastics survivors have to do, and the
relief that comes when you talk through trauma with your friends,
family, therapist, or whoever helps you let go of the shame you don’t
deserve to feel. I wrote this song in 2014, and writing it served that
kind of function for me. We were lucky to have one of our favorite
musicians, Danny Seim of Menomena, add additional synths and
percussion to this track.
“In talking through the video concept with director Elle Schneider,
who’s been a friend and collaborator for over a decade and also
directed the ‘My Dead Girl’ video, we decided to address the
pervasiveness of harassment. Using color-blocking and contrasting
backgrounds, Elle shows how sometimes these transgressions are
obvious, but sometimes they camouflage into the background and go
unnoticed—at home, at work, and in public spaces.
“Because she’s a genius genre nerd (and she knew we couldn’t help ourselves from making another monster-themed Speedy Ortiz videos) Elle chose, in her words, a ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls/Warhol/Roger Corman B-Movie style of 60’s look,’ and personified harassment into an insidious fish monster. Someone on set during the shooting described it succinctly: ‘It’s like The Shape of Water, but not at all romantic.’”
Speedy Ortiz are in the new issue of DIY, out now. Read the issue in full online here, and watch the ‘Villain’ clip below.