One of our favorite music-video motifs is the whole “high-school athletics department and facilities” theme. Rockers from Nirvana to Nada Surf have been responsible for some of the more memorable examples of that motif in the past, but the latest foray into the genre comes from Nashville indie-pop group Wild Cub.
The band’s cinematic new clip for the single “Thunder Clatter” (a song recently heard on an episode of The Vampire Diaries) has everything from bleeding cheerleaders to Greco-Roman wrestlers. There’s even a full-sized gymnasium for the band to shred in.
It’s all fitting, given that the song comes from their album titled Youth. As singer/guitarist Keegan DeWitt said, “It’s a challenge to make a video that can serve as both a tasteful introduction to the band and a distillation of a lot of the themes on Youth. Drew [Bourdet, the video's director] really struck a delicate balance, showing some of the intimate and smaller moments that we hint at throughout the record, but never hitting you over the head. He lays out a long slate of moments, all with a palpable undercurrent and intangible vibration.”
Let the members of Wild Cub send you back to school with the exclusive premiere of “Thunder Clatter” below.