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Wild Cub blend heartachy hooks and hypnotic visuals in a new version of 'Colour'

Back in the spring, Nashville indie rockers Wild Cub released a video for their song “Colour” from last year’s Youth LP, a swoony ballad possessed of a nervy postpunk energy and a visual (created by Drew Bourdet and Dustin Lane) with pretty young people doing the low-key profound things that young people do, like drive around in cars and make out with each other. The band’s latest release is a “Colour” single, which includes not only the radio edit of the song but a radically different version recorded with Spoon drummer/producer Jim Eno and featuring singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin that slows things down, smooths them out, and lets it all breathe in a way that shows an entirely different side to the composition that’s softer and even a little heartbreaky. Similarly, the accompanying video presents the original material in a different way, editing outtakes from the first “Colour” visual into a dreamy, hypnotic collage.

The “Colour” single, which also includes a remix of the Youth song “Thunder Clatter” by Jensen Sportag, is out digitally now on Mom + Pop, with a limited edition 10″ vinyl version out Oct. 28. They’ll be heading out on tour with Fun. offshoot Bleachers starting later this month.

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Wild Cub rock high school gym in cinematic new 'Thunder Clatter' video -- EXCLUSIVE

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.

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