A longtime staple within the Miami music scene, the duo, composed of Tony Kapel and Maitejosune Urrechaga, has earned a status throughout South Florida, flooding every part from gallery openings to dive bars with bass-driven riffs and stoney vocals since 2008.
The band’s 2021 album launch was bittersweet. Pandemic restrictions made any launch occasion or celebration not possible, and whereas a digital celebration was on the desk, it by no means materialized.
“It sucked as a result of there was loads to rejoice,” Kapel says, “That is in all probability the album we have invested probably the most into.”
Kapel and Urrechaga had Tiburon mastered by Shellac bassist Bob Weston and featured commissioned cowl artwork by David Honest, cofounder of the art-punk band Half Japanese.
The exhibition that acts as a backdrop to the video is the fruits of a months-long summer time intensive program for teenagers referred to as Locust Artwork Builders, the place Urrechaga has mentored college students up to now. When Kapel and Urrechaga walked into Locust Initiatives’ gallery area for the opening of a pupil exhibition in July, they knew they’d discovered their set.
“It was the a number of mini-sets actually — the backdrops,” Urrechaga says. “It had a nightmare vibe.”
Every part of the exhibition area supplied the real-life couple with varied chaotic backdrops that, paired with the humanoid masks the couple wears intermittently, create scenes starting from weird to chilling. Bloodied handprints seem on partitions in some pictures, whereas in others, Urrechaga wears a four-eyed masks and shakes the hand of a model in a darkened room.
Kapel and Urrechaga tapped filmmaker, buddy, and fellow musician Ligia Carabarin-Amaguet to direct. She seems at the start of the clip sporting otherworldly spectacles.
“She’s a very good director in a way as a result of we’re snug along with her. She will get how quirky we’re,” Kapel provides.
Greater than a 12 months after Tiburon‘s launch, the duo nonetheless discovered it necessary to present “Skulls and Muscle Tones” a music video as a result of, as Urrechaga explains, music video tradition is part of the group’s identification.
“We grew up watching music movies, so it is laborious for us to not need to make one. We’re part of the MTV tradition when it did have music movies to look at,” Urrechaga says. “So I feel that is at all times going to be in our head.”