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Okkervil River premiere new video for “Your Past Life as a Blast”

Pitchfork has premiered the new video from Okkervil River for their song “Your Past Life as a Blast.” Band leader Will Sheff explains:

“When I was writing the lyrics for I Am Very Far I kept fixating on the idea of being new, specifically memories of being very little and being conscious of the fact that I was a new person, that I hadn’t existed before. I kept thinking about the way the brain works when it’s not trying overly hard to put ideas or thoughts in order, either because it’s new or maybe because it’s dreaming or maybe because it’s been disarranged in some way.
The lyrics to “Your Past Life as a Blast” deal with a lot of different things and in a kind of disarranged way, but it felt to me like it was the sweetest moment on the record, a moment of nostalgia and tenderness and sunnyness. When I was writing the lyrics, certain images flashed in my head, and some of those images were specifically from my childhood, or of the way I remember earliest childhood feeling to me.
Like many kids of the late 70s and early 80s, my dad was often hovering around with a Super 8 camera, filming my mom and me and – as time passed – my younger brother and sister. I remember him projecting these movies on a bare wall and, eventually, the movies becoming as much a part of my memory as the original events he had filmed. I thought it would be cool to use actual footage of those memories in the video itself, to make a really personal kind of rock video.
For the “Your Past Life as a Blast” video, I worked with the editor Alan Del Río Ortíz to turn my dad’s home movies into a short condensed film of someone’s childhood, a little home-movie music video, about moms and dads and kids, and how it felt.”

Okkervil River will also be on tour in October with dates in Australia and Europe, including stops in Perth, Sydney, Glasgow, Manchester, and London as well as a solo performance by Will at The Toff In Town in Melbourne. The band will also be making an appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on the Orange Stage. Tour dates are listed here.

Jagjaguwar is Taking Over Le Guess Who? Festival in Holland

We are pleased to announce that a number of our bands will be playing Le Guess Who? Festival this Novemeber 24-27 in Utrchet, Holland. Featured bands from the label will include Pink Mountaintops, The Besnard Lakes and Okkervil River. In addition, bands like Suuns, Nurses and Akron/Family, from our sister labels, Dead Oceans and Secretly Canadian, will also be playing the festival.

Will Sheff on Pitchfork’s 5-10-15-20

Okkervil River’s Will Sheff has a pair of interviews running right now – great Friday afternoon reading material! First you can catch up with his 5-10-15-20 interview on Pitchfork, where he talks about the music he listened to growing up and which comes with a soundtrack of Van Morrison, Everything but the Girl, Sinead O’Connor and other excellent tunage. Then flip the script & watch him dissect his own tune, “Black,” with Casey Jarman of Willamette Week in their Deep Cuts column.

Okkervil River Perform in Oslo Bookstore, Traverse the Globe

Earlier this month when Okkervil River were in Norway performing at the Oya Festival, they made a stop at the cozy Oslo bookstore Cappelens Forslag. Watch the video above of the band playing a stripped-down version of their current single “Your Past Life as a Blast” as patrons browse the store.

Okkervil will be all over the globe this fall with performances in Spain, End of the Road Festival in the UK, and Fun Fun Fun Fest in their home of Austin, TX. These are all scattered amongst a US tour in September, Australian dates in October, and finally a UK tour in November! See the full list of tour dates HERE.

New Okkervil River Video from Into the Woods on AV Club

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Okkervil River stopped by the Crystal Ballroom in Portland to play a show & film a live performance of “I Guess We Lost” off of their new album, I Am Very Far with Into the Woods. You can watch the video at The Onion AV Club. Okkervil River will be on tour very soon! Check out all the dates here.


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