You may have heard the argument that everything looks better in slow motion. Well, hardcore punk band Turnstile just dropped a new video for their single, “Bomb / I Don’t Want To Be Blind”, and it is no exception to the rule. This is the fourth single off the Baltimore band’s second studio album and major label debut, Time & Space, released on Roadrunner Records earlier this year. The album has been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s U.S. Heatseekers Albums chart.
“I Don’t Want To Be Blind” is one of the catchiest songs on the record and I’ll bet I’m not the only one who wanted them to make a video for it. It’s an obvious Fugazi homage, and Turnstile would probably admit to that. I also like how they included the preceding interlude, “Bomb”, adding a smooth introduction into the action of the video.
There’s a bit of a narrative here. A small bouquet of colorful, freshly picked flowers is dropped in the middle of the street by a skateboarder, which is then crushed by a bombastic red car. The witnesses of this tragedy chase the vehicle down with rage, and the short video culminates in a display of destruction and beauty.
Like Turnstile’s other recent music videos, there isn’t a performance by the band, although there is a sign outside of a passing bar that points inside and says “TURNSTILE LIVE”, so maybe that’s good enough. Singer Brendan Yates does appear, however, for a few slow-motion seconds just to get knocked down, and come to find out at the end, bassist Franz Lyons was driving the car. It’s colorfully stylized, imaginative, and funny. It looks like everyone had a blast filming it, which makes it that much more fun to watch. Get an eyeful of “Bomb / I Don’t Want To Be Blind” below and listen to Time & Space on Spotify, iTunes, as well as other streaming services, or by a hard copy with your hard earned cash.