On their latest album Arabia Mountain, garage punks (and SPIN cover stars) Black Lips hired debonair producer Mark Ronson to develop a more polished, sophisticated studio sound. But they’re still the same jokers at heart — as the video for “New Direction” proves. Watch it here.
Literally building off the song lyric “Going on a vision quest / Surf the mountain, ride the crest,” the band members jam out while soaring over mountains, sometimes accompanied by a stuffed monkey — thanks to green-screen technology. With its purposeful DIY feel, it’s a cheeky reminder of the group’s history of lo-fi crazy.
Check out the clip, and watch our behind the scenes video from the Lips’ SPIN cover shoot, featuring guitars on fire, Jackass-style stunts, and more!
Black Lips, “New Direction”