Watch: Kev Bev and Eric Power Haunt the "Ghost Tower"
Spooky animated party preludes band's new album
By Richard Whittaker,
11:30AM, Fri. Oct. 16, 2020
Are you ready to get the funk scared out of you? Then let Austin funketeers Kev Bev and animation sorcerer Eric Power enchant you with the video for "Ghost Tower," a creepy ode to a crumbling edifice, complete with ghosts, ghouls, and things to make you shake (your booty) in the night.
It's the first single from the upcoming LP Lifted, the groovy Austin outfit's follow-up to their 2018 sophomore album Love Lemonade. Kev Bev singer Candy Collins said the video was inspired by a trip to Thailand, where the band members found themselves in the shadow of the Sathorn Unique Tower in Bangkok. Construction of the 47-storey condo complex began in 1990, but ground to a halt during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Since then, the incomplete structure has stood vacant, crumbling, a destination for urban explorers and now an inspiration for touring Austin musicians.
"Every night we’d peer into the dark haunting eyes of its empty rooms and our imaginations would go wild. I was so inspired by the folklore surrounding the building, I had to write about it,” Collins said, “So I drafted the lyrics and Kevin added a playful reggae-inspired melody. Soon, our nine-piece band brought the whole song to life with everything from spooky guitar solos to haunting horns.”
And who better to animate the spooky tune than local cut out fear master Eric Power, who also just announced that his new bloody tale of paper carnage, Attack of the Demons, will be released by Dark Star Pictures in virtual cinemas on Oct. 30 before scaring VOD audiences on Nov. 3.
A veteran of the music video business (see a selection right here), Power earned national attention for his Star Wars-themed story for Jeremy Messersmith's “Tatooine" before adding his distinctive style to songs by Northern Bells, Wiretree, The Boxing Lesson, Gretchen Peters, and more. For Kev Bev's creepy tune, Power conjures up a coven of weird creatures and gloriously ghoulish references (check out the nod to Disney's classic "Skeleton Dance" as well as cameos by spirits and creatures from Asian mythology) as he sends a cat into the dark shadows of this crumbling edifice, and reminder that even capitalism has to pay when it makes a deal with the devil.
Check out more of Kev Bev when Lifted is released on Oct. 31, and maybe think about Attack of the Demons for some Halloween watching. Pleasant screams, everyone ...