This guy's name is Nate Wagner from the experimental pop outfit Lord Bendtner. And today, exclusively on Third Outing, the band are premiering their brand new video for the song Suture & Lattice, directed by Edinburgh filmmaker Jemina Ainesmaa.
Lord Bendtner's latest record is the strange, complex and tender kind of record you rarely come across these days. Because it's tainted by a darkness. More specifically, the sound of someone who is trying to escape the darkness, but is found lingering. You start wondering about the escapism, because throughout the record, the light is close by. So, so close. You ask yourself the question, "am I finally about to get out of this dark world"? You never quite see the end, yet it keeps you on tenterhooks. Above all, this record looks inward and tries to discover the endless possibilities of imagination and introspection. Where structure and the outline are not static, but constantly moving, changing, evolving. Expect deep personal implication, here's Third Outing's interview with Nate Wagner of Lord Bendtner...
"Jemina did a great job capturing the loneliness and confusion; she largely stripped the video of humanity, and it’s eerie to see what the world looks like without people"
Hello Nate of Lord Bendtner, tell us more about the new song and video for Suture & Lattice? The title refers to a surgical procedure I underwent a few years back – plastic mesh lattice and a hot glue suture. Lyrically, and visually in the music video, the song riffs off of the idea of breaking down and rebuilding evoked by the idea of surgery to tell a coming of age story between lovers. Director/editor Jemina Amunet did a great job capturing the loneliness and confusion of that particular process; she largely stripped the video of humanity, and it’s eerie to see what the world looks like without people. Roads, landscapes, sunsets, machines. Since the Lord Bendtner record predates the current four-piece setup, the music video was also a nice opportunity to feature my live band mates Adam (drums), Andrew (bass), and Tyler (guitar) even if it meant breaking with the concept.
How would you describe your music to someone who have never heard it before, then? Certainly, DIIV have carved out a neat little space for themselves in the dream pop and shoegaze revival, but I’ve always felt more of a kinship with some of their more experimental colleagues. Bands like Minks, Violens, and The Depreciation Guild all come to bear in the guitar work, electronic textures, and vocal stylings you hear on the record. I also draw extensively on the 90's mid-west emo tradition: bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Mineral, and The Appleseed Cast all left their mark on me.
How did the recording go for this record given all of the changes? This record is a particularly neat example of what the DIY process can look like, actually. I was living and working in Vienna, Austria, at the time and had no real thought of starting a new record. I couldn’t cut music out of my life so completely, however, so I picked up a cheap parlor guitar at a local music shop. Songs just started to happen, so I recorded them with my trusty little Zoom mic. Vocals, too. When I returned to the States, I worked with a good friend to mix and master the tracks. Helped to cover for some of the fidelity issues inherent in my recording setup, but it was entirely on my terms.
What an experience! Final question. Ray Davies recently became a Lord. What's your favourite Kinks track?
Oh, this is rather timely for me, actually. I’ve been obsessed with German rockers Die Goldenen Zitronen, and they do a superb cover of my favorite: People Take Pictures of Each Other. Only they’ve gone and translated the text into German. Schorsch Kamerun, their singer, truly does justice to the original, carrying over the weariness and frustration of the original into his own political context of 1990's Germany. There, the bourgeois superficiality Davies identifies in 1960's England has become something more akin to a passive, complacent attitude in the face of unchecked outbreaks of nationalist violence across Germany.