Sam Evian (aka Celestial Shore singer Sam Owens) is releasing his debut album Premium on September 30 via Saddle Creek (pre-order), and we're now premiering the video for "I Need A Man" off that album. It's a simple, sorta-creepy video that stars Sam in various masks in various New York locations. (The song lyrics serve as subtitles.) Sam directed himself, and it was shot by Brian Betancourt of Hospitality, and here's what he tells us:

Brian shot this lyric video with his iPhone. The original concept was to wear layers of masks and reveal them one after the other like a matryoshka doll, but somehow that turned into a guided panda tour of NYC. It was surprising to learn that people really adore a guy in a panda mask. We started on the Staten Island ferry and worked our way through the dark underbelly of Wall Street. We noticed a hoard of tourists taking pictures with the Wall Street bull. many of them were crowded at the rear of the bull, kneeling to take selfies with its genitals. I went in for a gross selfie, and they all fell silent and nervous. I slapped the bull’s ass and Brian and I both began to feel grossed out so we hopped in a cab and escaped. Somehow, we ended up at the Natural History museum, my favorite place in NYC.


As mentioned, Sam has shows with Whitney and Hoops, including NYC's MHOW on October 10 (tickets) and Bowery Ballroom on October 11 (tickets). All dates:


Sam Evian -- 2016 Tour Dates
October 10: Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Whitney)
October 11: New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (with Whitney)
October 14: Montreal, QC - Ritz (with Whitney)
October 15: Toronto, ON - Adelaide Hall (with Whitney)
October 16: Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme (with Whitney)
October 18: Philadelphia, PA- World Cafe Live Downstairs (with Teenage Fanclub)
October 20: Cleveland , OH -Beachland Ballroom(with Teenage Fanclub)
October 21: Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge(with Teenage Fanclub)
October 22: Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe (with Teenage Fanclub
October 23: Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon (with Teenage Fanclub)
October 25: Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch (with Teenage Fanclub)