Joe Wong released his new video for double single “Minor” / “Nuclear Rainbow,” filmed at the beginning of the pandemic over the course of several weeks in both Los Angeles and Washington, DC. The video was entirely filmed under maximum Covid-19 lockdown in the spring of 2020 with masks, gloves, sanitizing and social distancing via filming the musicians through their windows. “Minor” / “Nuclear Rainbow” was directed by Sam Macon (Dum Dum Girls, Goat, Crocodiles, Cave Singers); features Mary Timony (Helium, Ex Hex), Mary Lattimore, Steven McDonald (Redd Kross, OFF!, Melvins), Anna Warnoker (that dog.), and more; and were filmed in Washington, DC by Fugazi and Rites of Spring drummer and TrixieFilm co-Founder, Brendan Canty, and in Los Angeles by Travis Auclair.
“We managed to bring together a diverse group of musicians to create a piece that feels truly collaborative at a time when we are profoundly physically isolated,” notes Sam Macon. “Though this is not a quarantine-themed video, we made the decision to fold the restrictions and limitations into the aesthetic concept of the video to make something that feels current, timeless, and a bit apocalyptic.”
The song “Minor” is a portrait of romantic claustrophobia and “Nuclear Rainbow” is a timely track about the type of heightened existential dread not unlike the kind running rampant at this particular moment in our history (“Nuclear rainbow throws shadows of dread over the kingdom of comfort / Billions of people who haven’t died yet searching for permanent shelter”).