“I wrote the song Peter Bogdanovich after listening to a podcast about the making of the film The Last Picture Show,” CMAT explains. “To cut a long story short, Peter ran away and left his wife for yungwan (the lead actress in the film, Cybill Shepherd). I was taken by this particular story because I love his early films, and I loved finding out that his wife, Polly Platt, was the player who was actually responsible for what I love most about his films. I was really interested in everyone’s motivations - Peter for acting so selfishly, Cybill for throwing a bomb on a marriage and her work, and most of all Polly, for staying to work on the film even after the affair came out. I think it is a great allegory for the role that the construct of gender plays in all of our decisions, and how if gender and sexuality wasn’t really seen as such a rigid ‘thing’, our lives would be very different.
“I approached director Jake Passmore with the idea of doing a video where I was in Boy Drag because a) it worked with the theme of the song b) I thought it would be really fun. Himself and Sam Brautigan, who co-directed, then came up with a brilliant abstract treatment around me playing Peter Bogdanovich that involved choreography, Orson Welles and a puppet. What more could I possibly want? These are all my favourite things, and all of the actors and crew were wildly talented and so pulled it off, which I don’t think was easy given how weird the joint is.”
Check out the new video, and dates for CMAT’s US and EU headline tour below.
See CMAT live at the following dates:
18 | Westmeath, IE - Body & Soul Festival
23 | Halifax, UK - The Piece Hall -
24 | Margate, UK - Leisure Festival
02 | Copenhagen, DK - Roskilde Festival
03 | Dublin, IE - Trinity College ^
07 | Montreux, CH - Montreux Jazz Festival
09 | Glasgow, UK - TRNSMT Festival
24 | Hertfordshire, UK - Standon Calling Festival
30| Leeds, UK - Deer Shed Festival
31 | County Waterford, IE - All Together Now Festival
12 | Oslo, NO - Oya Festival
14 | Winterthur, CH - Winterthurer
04 | Stradbally, IE - Electric Picnic Festival
29 | Los Angeles, CA - Cafe Du Nord
30 | Los Angeles, CA - The Moroccan
01 | Dana Point, CA - Ohana Festival
03 | Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04 | Toronto, ON - Monarch Tavern
06 | New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
13 | Rotterdam, NL - Rotown
15 | Stockholm, SE - Bar Brooklyn
16 | Copenhagen, DK - Ideal Bar
17 | Berlin, DE - Marie Antoinette
21 | Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg Upstairs
22 | Brussels, BE - Witloof Bar
25 | Manchester, UK - Gorilla
26 | Oxford, UK - O2 Academy 2
27 | Bristol, UK - Thekla
28 | Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
30 | London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
01 | Brighton, UK - Komedia
02 | Norwich, UK - Norwich Arts Centre
04 | Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
05 | Glasgow, UK - Oran Mor
07 | Belfast, UK - Limelight 1
09 | Dublin, IE - Olympia Theatre SOLD OUT
10 | Cork, IE - Live at St. Luke's SOLD OUT
- = w/ First Aid Kit
^ = w/ Beck
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