The Texas Chainsaw Dust Lovers Premiere “Summer Spleen” Video

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There are all kinds of questions one might ask of Parisian four-piece The Texas Chainsaw Dust Lovers, about things like naming their debut album, Me and the Devil, after a Robert Johnson blues even as they proffer a heavy rock sound that pulls more from Morricone and black metal, and what the hell is a dust lover anyway? To ask these questions, however, is to get sidetracked. Sometimes in life, shit is weird. You have to roll with it.

Enter the band themselves, who in their new video for “Summer Spleen” are dressed like it’s the Day of the Dead and rocking like they’re Clutch gone extreme. Elsewhere on the record, they vibe out on post-QOTSA bounce (see “Me and the Devil”) and effectively blend Western sounding soundtracking with post-rock (“My Lover of the Moon”), but the unifying factor is that you never quite know what’s coming next. No doubt that’s by design. Still, somehow they manage to affect a focus on songwriting amid all this style-swapping, and as someone who on occasion has been fortunate enough to appreciate a fraction of the absurdity of the world in which we live, every now and again a weirdo hook is just the thing. Anyone remember Sleepytime Gorilla Museum? Some similar drama here, but The Texas Chainsaw Dust Lovers are more heavy rock at their root.

“Summer Spleen” — and I think we’re using the definition of “spleen” that means melancholy, rather than the organ; though one never knows — was also the title of a 1973 single released by French artist David Foster, but barring some personal connection to that song on the part of the band, I’m guessing the title is coincidental. Either way, it’s a catchy push through some strange territory and the video is, well, it’s the most attention-grabbing performance clip I’ve seen in a while, and if you hang around here on the regular, you know I’ve seen a couple.

Get yourself freaked out with the “Summer Spleen” video below, directed by guitarist/vocalist Clément Collot, followed by some comment from the band and more background from the PR wire. Me and the Devil is out March 28 on Besta Records.

Enjoy:

The Texas Chainsaw Dust Lovers, “Summer Spleen” official video

The Texas Chainsaw Dust Lovers on “Summer Spleen”

Summer Spleen is about the pain and sorrow we felt during the making of the album. We felt that we were rushing everything: the agenda was crazy, as we all have shitty jobs to keep things moving with the band. We didn’t have any lyrics for this track, although it was already on tape. In the meantime, a close relative died during the most busy week of August… That was just too much. The theme came naturally as we were working day and night, dealing with the grief, when everyone else seemed to have fun during this very hot summer. There are a lot of different influences in our work, in general. From cumbia to black metal, going through gothic rock, post punk, stoner rock and many other genres. I guess that in this video, we just went for a stylish mess of all those things.”

Formed in 2011 in Paris, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW DUST LOVERS brought together their definitive lineup with new guitarist Nagui Méhany in 2014. After their debut EP entitled Born Bad (2012) and the release of their blazing single “White Teeth”, the foursome puts out their second EP The Wolf Is Rising in 2014.

After they fully toured France and Spain, and played shows alongside the likes of The Midnight Ghost Train, No One Is Innocent, Black Spiders and The Picturebooks, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW DUST LOVERS are back in the spring of 2016 with a long-awaited first album entitled Me And The Devil, out on March 28th via Besta Records.

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Clément Collot – Guitar & Vocals
Nagui Méhany – Guitar & Harmonica
Christophe Hogommat – Drums
Étienne Collot – Bass

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  1. […] rock band The Texas Chainsaw Dust Lovers have released a new video for the song Summer Spleen. The video was originally premiered on The Obelisk in which the band commented on the song; “Summer Spleen is about the pain and sorrow we felt […]

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