Watch Gardens & Villa's Deadpan Humor in 'Bullet Train' Video

Santa Barbara rockers release video in prep for upcoming 'Dunes' tour

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WRITTEN BY
Liz Pelly

Last week, Californian synth-pop five-piece Gardens & Villa released Dunes, the full-length follow-up to the band's 2011 self-titled debut on Secretly Canadian. On "Bullet Train," the group's sound is smoother than ever, their avant-pop synthesizers matched by snappy post-punk drums and a melody sung by a twisting flute hook. And now the song receives an equally deft video treatment.

Directed by Tony Katai, the clips pairs VHS-nostalgic footage of humorously bored, robotically deadpan musicians with scrappy snapshots of suburban homes and palm trees, ocean waves, and pink flamingos. "The young die young, if they work too hard," frontman Chris Lynch sings in a haze. Luckily, the video makes being in a band look so very easy.

Watch the video for "Bullet Train" above and check out the band's upcoming tour dates below.

Gardens & Villa's Dunes Tour:

February 22 - Chicago, IL @ Cool Venue Name
February 11 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
February 13 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links
February 14 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
February 15 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's: Downstairs
February 16 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
February 18 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
February 19 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
February 20 - Washington, DC @ DC9
February 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
February 22 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Club Upstairs
February 25 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
February 26 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
February 27 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
February 28 - Holland, MI @ Hope College: Park Theater
March 1 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
March 2 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
March 4 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
March 5 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
March 7 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
March 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
March 9 - San Diego, CA @ U 31 Club
March 11 - March 15 - Austin TX @ SXSW
March 24 - London, UK @ Shepherds Bush Empire *
March 25 - London, UK @ Birthdays
March 27 - Paris, FR @ La Cigale *
March 30 - Berlin, DE @ Postbahnhof *
March 31 - Brussels @ AB Flex *
April 1 - Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg *
April 3 - Paris, FR @ La Fleche D'Or
April 4 - Rotterdam, NL @ Motel Mozaique Festival
April 5 - Zwolle, NL @ Let's Get Lost Festival
April 7 - Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar at VEGA
April 8 - Hamburg, DE @ Haus III & 70
April 9 - Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
April 10 - Heidelberg, DE @ Karstorbahnhof
May 11 - Reno, NV @ The Holland Project
May 13 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza
May 14 - Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
May 15 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

* w/ Broken Bells

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