Rocky Votolato releases video for Hospital Handshakes," tours (2015)

Seattle singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato has released a gripping new video today for this song “Hospital Handshakes,” the title track from his newly released record that’s available now from No Sleep Records.
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Directed by Sloane White, Votolato’s “Hospital Handshakes” video is a stunning stop animation short that blends the brilliant talents of two highly creative artists. What took painstaking time and thought has resulted in a captivating video for a fan-favorite track from Votolato’s new record.
“I’ve always wanted to make a stop animation video and this was such a fun process of experimentation and creative collaboration,” Votolato tells “Sloane Alexandra White is an incredibly talented young director from Portland and a creative force of ideas and inspiration. I was drawn to her work with shadow puppets and think she did a great job of capturing a creepy haunted darkness to visually accompany the themes and vibe of the song.”
“I was excited to combine my abilities in stop motion with the talents of Rocky Votolato,” White adds. “I had never collaborated so closely on the vision for a project with a musician before. Each piece of the set and puppets were all made from scratch by hand. The shadow puppets are my favorite element because of the spooky childhood-nightmarish images they can create.”
“Hospital Handshakes” is one of the many standout tracks on Votolato’s critically heralded, 8th studio album, which was produced by  former Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla (Tegan and Sara, The Decemberists) and features guest collaborators, including his brother Cody Votolato on electric guitar (The Blood Brothers), Eric Corson on bass (The Long Winters), Andy Lum on drums (Craft Spells/My Goodness) and Casey Foubert on Aux instrumentation (Sufjan Stevens).
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Following a string of sold-out shows in Boston, New York and D.C., Votolato and tourmates Dave Hause and Chris Farren are making their way across the country performing their honest post-punk acoustic anthems for packed crowds each night. Get tickets now at
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