Hot Chip drummer and glitch-troubadour Rob Smoughton aka Grovesnor has debuted a heart-breaking and comical new video for the single “Dan,” off his recently released debut Soft Return on Lo Recordings. Directed by Adam Watson and premiered on AOL Spinner (also available on Vimeo), the video plays out the story of “Dan,” in which Grovesnor, Smoughton’s self-described “anti-hero” alter-ego, attempts to sabotage his bassist Dan’s relationship in hopes of snatching his fiancé. Does he get the girl in the end?
Smoughton said, “We wanted to make a video that looked as though it could have been made any time in the last 20 to 30 years…There are no showy computer effects — just great camera angles, lighting and editing. And the sets were dressed in the same ageless way.” The result is a video focused on the humorous narrative, not surprising as it features James Corden and Jim “Gerald” Howick from British sitcom Peep Show.
Grovesnor has been playing shows in the UK that have included appearances by jazz trios, burlesque, a lady with a python and more. He plans to take his six-piece band to the states later in the year.
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