The darkly funny and imaginative new video for Man Man's second single and title track off their new album Rabbit Habits premiered Tuesday on celebrated humor site Funny or Die. It is now available on You Tube and similar outlets.
You wouldn't expect a typical run of the mill stand on stage playing instruments spot from the defiantly unconventional honky-tonk vaudevillians and that's not what you're gonna get, not by a long shot. Instead they offer a fully realized comedic horror film complete with monsters run amuck, young lovers and graphic scenes of flesh eating.
In place of self conscious musicians, you get the comedic talents of Fred Armisen from Saturday Night Live, Martin Starr from Superbad the dirty man beard contest guy in Knocked Up and Adventureland, and Charlyne Yi from Knocked Up and this summer's Paper Heart as well as a rising underground comedian and musician. There are also cameos from Anti label head Brett Gurewitz and a famed ice cream man.
It's a testament to the inspiring power of Man Man's infectious cabaret sound that such talents would gladly converge for a frenetic two night shoot on the darkened streets of Los Angeles to create this weird and entertaining film.
Video's director Lex Halaby says that from the very start the project was a collaborative affair based on friendships and lots of mutual admiration "I met the band backstage at their LA show and we decided that we wanted to make a video for the song," he explains. "Charlyne was friends with Ryan (aka Honus Honus of Man Man) and the two of them came up with this concept of a werewolf romance. I thought it was a great idea. Charlyne then reached out to Fred and Martin who she knew and they were both fans of the band and wanted to do it. Fred was really great. He flew out from New York for a night just to shoot it and was down for the cause. It's really intended as a tribute to classic Hollywood B movies. There's the Teen Wolf van surfing scene and an homage to several classic horror films. We weren't really worried about getting it on MTV as much as we just wanted to do something completely original."
Legendary for their non-stop live shows which involve swapping most instruments and improving others, Man Man are currently hitting the road. In addition to the Cursive and Gogol Bordello tours, they will also celebrate the 4th of July weekend at the Rothbury festival with the likes of the legendary Bob Dylan and the Dead.
Man Man on tour:
April 22, 2009 - The Square Room - Knoxville, TN
April 23, 2009 - The Rev Room - Little Rock, Arkansas
April 24, 2009 - Lounge on Elm St. - Dallas, Texas
April 25, 2009 - Norman Music Festival - Norman, Oklahoma
April 26, 2009 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, Tennessee
April 27, 2009 - Bottletree - Birmingham, Alabama
April 28, 2009 - Sluggo's - Pensacola, Florida
April 29, 2009 - Social - Orlando, Florida
April 30, 2009 - Social - Orlando, Florida
May 1, 2009 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, Georgia
May 2, 2009 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, North Carolina
May 3, 2009 - Black Cat - Washington DC, Washington DC
May 4, 2009 - State Theater - State College, Pennsylvania
May 5, 2009 - Diesel - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 6, 2009 - Magic Stick - Detroit, Michigan
With Gogol Bordello:
May 29, 2009 - Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO
May 30, 2009 - Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
May 31, 2009 - Congress Theatre - Chicago, IL
June 04, 2009 - Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD
June 05, 2009 - House Of Blues - Boston, MA
July 2009 - Rothbury Festival - Rothbury, Michigan