Okkervil River – “Your Past Life as a Blast”

Okkervil River have unveiled a music video for “Your Past Life as a Blast.” The track is taken from the band’s latest album, ‘I Am Very Far,’ which dropped in May on Jagjaguwar.

Frontman Will Sheff explained: “When I was writing the lyrics for ‘I Am Very Far,’ I kept fixating on the idea of being new, specifically memories of being very little and being conscious of the fact that I was a new person, that I hadn’t existed before. I kept thinking about the way the brain works when it’s not trying overly hard to put ideas or thoughts in order, either because it’s new or maybe because it’s dreaming or maybe because it’s been disarranged in some way.

The lyrics to ‘Your Past Life as a Blast’ deal with a lot of different things and in a kind of disarranged way, but it felt to me like it was the sweetest moment on the record, a moment of nostalgia and tenderness and sunnyness. When I was writing the lyrics, certain images flashed in my head, and some of those images were specifically from my childhood, or of the way I remember earliest childhood feeling to me.

Like many kids of the late 70s and early 80s, my dad was often hovering around with a Super 8 camera, filming my mom and me and — as time passed — my younger brother and sister. I remember him projecting these movies on a bare wall and, eventually, the movies becoming as much a part of my memory as the original events he had filmed. I thought it would be cool to use actual footage of those memories in the video itself, to make a really personal kind of rock video.

For the ‘Your Past Life as a Blast’ video, I worked with the editor Alan Del Río Ortíz to turn my dad’s home movies into a short condensed film of someone’s childhood, a little home-movie music video, about moms and dads and kids, and how it felt.”

Tour Dates:

10/12 – Perth (AU) – Capitol
10/14 – Melbourne (AU) – The Forum
10/15 – Meeniyan (AU) – Meeniyan Town Hall
10/16 – Melbourne (AU) – Will Sheff solo performance @ The Toff In Town
10/18 – Sydney (AU) – Metro Theatre
10/19 – West End (AU) – The Hi-Fi Brisbane
11/04 – Austin (TX) – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/10 – Barcelona (ES) – Teatro Coliseum
11/11 – El Puerto de Santa Maria (ES) – Milwaukee
11/12 – Valencia (ES) – Mirror
11/14 – Munich (DE) – Backstage
11/15 – Cologne (DE) – Luxor
11/16 – Paris (FR) – Cafe de la Danse
11/18 – Dublin (IE) – The Button Factory
11/19 – Glasgow (UK) – Oran Mor
11/20 – Manchester (UK) – Sound Control
11/21 – Bristol (UK) – Trinity
11/22 – London (UK) – Koko
11/24 – Haarlem (NL) – Patronaat
11/25 – Brussels (BE) – Botanique Orangerie (Autumn Falls Festival)
11/26 – Utrecht (NL) – Tivoli (Le Guess Who Festival)