Watch Mike Donovan Sing Karaoke in VHS-Warped ‘Do Do Ya’ Video
Sic Alps leader's solo debut album, 'Wot,' out now on Drag City
Sic Alps called it quits back in July, but frontman Mike Donovan is continuing on with a solo career. This week, the San Francisco garage-rock mastermind issued Wot, the first album released under his own name. “Where [Sic Alps] had made it to, in terms of the lineup and the songs, the whole story of the band,” Donovan tells SPIN. “I feel like we were at a good spot to end it, have it be the last chapter. It was a happy death.”
Now he’s back with a new single, the frayed feel-good tune “Do Do Ya?,” and a new music video. Created by Viktor Rosengruen, Janosch Pugnaghi, and Jan Lankisch, the “Do Do Ya?” clip equips Donovan with a microphone, guitar, and saxophone, and casts him in front of a green screen that makes it loook as though he’s running through the streets of Cologne. “It’s got that karaoke vibe,” Donovan says. “Jan [Lankisch] said something like, ‘You know, some ’90s band had too much of a budget, made a video, it got shelved, and the only way they could put it on YouTube was the VHS copy they had mastered onto or something.'”
Watch the gloriously low-budget short above, and purchase Wot through Drag City Records.