A Giant Dog share “Sleep When Dead” video from Merge debut, on tour now
Austin glammy, punky rock band A Giant Dog have made a video for "Sleep When Dead" which is off their just-released Merge Records debut, Pile. The band's Sabrina Ellis does a good job of describing the fun, surreal video, saying it's "like Soul Train on acid; a chaotic cage match of disco vs. punk. You feel wide awake but know you're dreaming because everything feels a little wrong." Director John Valley (who plays the misfit punk lead in the video) adds:
I think this video was good for both the band and myself in that it stretched us beyond our resources and comfort zones. It created a really cool urgency from the first meeting on. We had 11 people behind the camera. I was getting makeup applied to my face for four hours before the day even started. I had one breakfast taco towards the end. Shooting this thing was a helluva ride.
The "Sleep When Dead" video premieres in this post and you can watch it below.
As mentioned, A Giant Dog's tour hits NYC later this month: Cake Shop on May 26 with GunFight! and They live! (tickets) and rooftop show at Our Wicked Lady on May 27. with The Mad Doctors, The Nude Party, and Best Behavior (tickets).
Updated tour dates are listed, along with the new video and a stream of the album, below.
A Giant Dog - 2016 tour dates
May 18 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
May 19 Madison, WI – Mickey’s Tavern
May 20 Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub
May 21 Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog
May 22 Buffalo, NY – Buffalo’s Mohawk Place
May 25 Boston, MA – O’Brien’s Pub
May 26 New York, NY – Cake Shop
May 27 Brooklyn, NY – Our Wicked Lady
May 29 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
May 31 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Jun 01 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Jun 02 Nashville, TN – Queen Ave
Jun 03 Memphis, TN – Hi Tone
Jun 11 New Braunfels, TX – Dia De Los Toadies
Jul 09 Columbus, OH – 4th & 4th Fest
Sep 08 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival