March 23, 2017

Premiere: Bad Moves - "The Verge"

Bad Moves' first music video is a tense but ultimately cathartic affair.

Bad Moves, the political power pop group from D.C., broke out at the end of 2016 with their outstanding debut EP. Now, the last song on the album, titled "The Verge," is their first to get the music video treatment. It embodies all the tension and overflowing emotion you would expect from a song about going over the edge. The majority is also shot in slow motion, adding to the feeling of apprehension. It starts in a diner, with water slowly pouring into a plastic cup. The scene invokes a sense of familiarity, as almost every American town and TV show has a copycat establishment with a similar homey vibe. One thing these restaurants have in common is an expectation that waiters and waitresses will consistently refill water cups. As you watch this video and see the waitress’ blank, insincere smile along with the purity and the clarity of the falling liquid, it seems like a senseless unspoken rule. How much of that constantly refilled water do you actually drink?

The water in this video finally fills the cup, bubbles at the rim, and bursts over the edges. Every waiter is doing the same absent-minded pouring, and soon, the plates, tabletops, seats, and floors of the diner are soaked. Images of natural water flash across the screen. Watching all the waste and uneasiness at the restaurant in contrast with all the beauty and power in nature will put you on edge. But it’s hard to look away - the complacency of the patrons is mesmerizing in spite of all the tension. For most of the video, the Bad Moves vocalists wail poppy hooks about dissatisfaction, “walking and feeling sick,” and always feeling on the verge of something more fulfilling. Then, the tone changes, and the vocalists take control of their lives. Belting at the same time for an empowering effect as they say, “I started plotting out a course to getting free again,” the built up tension finally lets loose as images of liberation flash across the screen. We see everything from volcanoes and geysers exploding to soup bowls and toilets overflowing. Every time a cymbal crashes in the song, its like a breath that we held through the video is finally being let out in one long rush of air.

Bad Moves on "The Verge"

"If you've ever had a boss who insisted you do things THEIR way, well past any point of reason, this video should speak to you. Filmed on location at the lovely Torrie's restaurant in Washington, DC."


Listen to Bad Moves on bandcamp.

Video by Baby Pony Food and photo by Mariah Miranda.

Bad Moves Tour Dates:
24 - Richmond, VA @ Church of Abe
25 - Durham, NC @ The Pinhook*
26 - Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong*
27 - Baltimore, MD @ Goucher College*
28 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar*
13 - Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
27 - Harrisonburg, VA @ TBA#
28 - Columbus, OH @ It Looks Like It’s Open#
29 - Chicago, IL @ Big Forever#
30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project#
12 - Exeter, UK - Queer Fest @ The Bike Shed Theater~
13 - Bristol, UK @ The Stag and Hounds~
14 - Oxford, UK @ Smash Disco~
15 - Leeds, UK @ TBA~
16 - Manchester, UK @ Retro Bar~
17 - Edinburgh, UK @ TBA~
18 - Glasgow, UK @ the 13th Note~
19 - Nottingham, UK @ JT SOAR~
20 - Durham, UK @ Durham Student Union~
21 - London, UK @ Everything Sucks
25 - Washington, DC @ Luce Unplugged
* w/ Nana Grizol
# w/ Puff Pieces
~ w/ The Spook School

Brianna Peterson plays awkward pop punk country in a band called Cooper!, loves everything outdoors and Twin Peaks, and is painfully torn between being a dog or a cat person.