VIDEO PREMIERE: LAUREN EARLY “OUT OF STYLE”
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Lauren Early is an extremely accomplished Valley kid who ricocheted through at least three of the most active music scenes in America—ours, San Francisco and New York—and then came home to make her debut Patience EP and this ecstatically charismatic video. There’s a major Pete and Pete opening credits vibe here—especially Early’s little leap off the kick drum on the front lawn—and there’s some of that unique Pete and Pete feeling here, too. “Out Of Style”‘s music and video both seem to touch on the idea of making the most of what you have even as you hope-slash-know there’s gotta be something more out there. This is indie rock made the way the ancients did—as an antidote to the excess, listlessness and pointlessness of everything else. It’s a song that doesn’t wanna show off and doesn’t need to, and it’s got that hard-to-pull-off balance of humor and stark honesty that can really make something resonate. Early was touring lead guitarist for Surf Curse and Girlpool—fans of both should check this out immediately—but played everything on her coming Patience EP and directed and edited the video, too, though with welcome help from friends credited below. Early explains it all here:
“This is the oldest song on the EP. I wanted this to be the first song released because it’s kind of a love letter to my favorite things, true music and true friendship, and I like the tone that sets. I wrote this at a time when I felt the absence of those things. I grew up during a really amazing time for music in Los Angeles, and then I lived in San Fransisco for a year in 2012 and literally all I did was go to amazing shows with my two friends every night for a year. Then I moved to New York and finally started playing in bands—but it wasn’t the same. The ‘scene’ I found myself in was just overrun by boys who like went to NYU and did a lot of coke and wanted to sound like the Strokes. It was depressing. Then I wrote this song about it.
Roxy Campos and Stumble on Tapes helped me get this music video together. They’re incredible and just generally angels in the Los Angeles DIY world who help make amazing things and do it for the best reasons. Marshall Douglis came by with a camera and graciously filmed the thing. And I had a bunch of friends help out—like Claire Redman who made the pink dancing costumes on a single day’s notice, and Big Ed who let me sit on his shoulders under a trench coat while he was sick. I directed and edited the video. I wanted it to be cute and silly and surreal, and I think it is.“