Jeff Rosenstock has shared a new music video for his NO DREAM song “Scram!” The infomercial-inspired visual was directed by Teenage Stepdad. Check out the visual below, and scroll down to read Rosenstock’s comment on the song and Teenage Stepdad’s statement on the video.
Rosenstock released NO DREAM on May 20. It marks his full-length follow-up to 2018’s POST-. Last year, he teamed up with friend and longtime collaborator Laura Stevenson for their joint EP of Neil Young covers, Still Young.
I started writing “Scram!” after being inspired by the kids from Parkland High standing up to the behemoth that is the gun lobby. The last four years (and let’s be honest, my entire life) have felt like we are up against an unconquerable force of evil that thrives on violence and inequality. It was a rare bright spot to see thousands of people say. ‘Hey, we’re gonna be able to vote in the next election, and we are going to vote you the fuck out.’ It was also inspired by the other side—the politicians and lobbyists who promote regressive policies that perpetuate the consolidation of power to the super rich at the expense of everyone else’s lives—having the audacity to demand “civility” from students who have watched their classmates get murdered and are tired of going to school in fear.
Fuck that. Capitalism is the root of greed is the root of violence. You have bought your control, but more and more people are starting to see through that. I wanted to write a song that felt like a “Fuck you, your days are numbered” to the powers that be.
When I first listened to the tune, I strongly identified with the lyrics, the idea being that the very worst people are the ones telling you the loudest what to do and how to think. A lot of what I do as an artist is take all the commercial and advertising imagery and marketing techniques I’ve been forced to consume since I was a kid, and repackage them into something that subverts the bullshit worldview they represent. So part of this video is that, flipping through the channels and seeing old promo formats used to sell soda and cars and vacations turned into something else. The rest of the video is inspired by this moment, by the millions of people no longer asking for change but demanding it.
Originally Appeared on Pitchfork