What better way to end the summer of 2017 than with Sweet Apple’s new video “Summer’s Gone (feat. Rachel Hayden)”? Sweet Apple, is that band featuring J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr., Heavy Blanket), Tim Parnin (Cobra Verde, Chuck Mosley), John Petkovic (Cobra Verde, Death of Samantha, Guided By Voices) and Dave Sweetapple (Witch, Eerie). They give listeners a goodbye elegy to summer in their video. Shot amid the abandoned buildings of Cleveland, Ohio and the swaying palm trees of Oceanside, California, the video invokes two very different sensibilities — imagine J.G. Ballard crossed with the Beach Boys. The clip contrasts a man walking around an empty city (played by NYC-based filmmaker-photographer Tom Jarmusch) and two skateboarders heading toward the sun (Jacob Nunez and Laura Logue).
“Many of the crumbling, abandoned buildings in Cleveland experienced their summer many years ago and now they sit frozen in some permanent state of fall,” says Sweet Apple’s John Petkovic, who directed the video and shot the Cleveland portion of it. “They are evocative and full of sadness: The roofs are missing; the windows are smashed; the doors are busted – and they seem so vulnerable as winter approaches. Seeing them crumbling and abandoned is reminiscent of an excavation site – a geological dig for remnants of some long-gone America.”