decker., Trevvor Riley Illustrate the "Shadow Days" with New Video
If you picked up decker.'s Slider when the album came out in March, you might've been surprised by the band's choice of "Shadow Days" -- a long, eerie track built around a determined bassline and a guitar that wavers like a far-off police siren -- for its new video, directed by Trevvor Riley. It's far from the most radio-friendly track on the album; in the MTV days, it might have gotten a verse hacked out to make more room for the VJ.
But Brandon Decker tells us that the radio-unfriendly choice was partly by design. "The song's so damn long," he says, laughing.
"It's probably one of my favorites on the album, but it never lent itself to radio at all. It's an option to get a different audience to hear it and experience it. I think having a video allows us to reach a group of people we otherwise wouldn't have."
Like "Shadow Days" itself, the video deals more in implication than explanation -- Decker and the old man's fraught relationship isn't obscured, exactly, but you'll have to hash out the details of it (or maybe even invent them) on your own time.
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