BLACKBOOK PREMIERE: Surreal New Mini Mansions Puppet Video for ‘Works Every Time’
When Queens of the Stone Age made the decision to take a break in 2009, after a long tour support of Era Vulgaris, bassist Michael Shuman needed something else to do. He thusly formed the intriguingly monikered Mini Mansions with vocalist Tyler Parkford and guitarist Zach Dawes of The Last Shadow Puppets.
Nine years and two albums later, their pop-psychedelia stylings have endowed them with a high-profile of their own. And so it is with much anticipation that their new EP Works Every Time will be arriving this September. In the lead up, BlackBook premieres here the utterly surreal new video for latest single “Works Every Time.” The song itself is a shimmering, retro-’80s romance, recalling the sleek melancholy of Tears For Fears or So-era Peter Gabriel.
The puppet-populated video, directed by Colin Hanks, is all vaudevillian flamboyance and intrigue – decisively confirming of the criminal underuse of marionettes in music videos.
“We knew we wanted to work with Colin again after his amazing performance in our ‘Any Emotions’ video,” says Shuman. “And this time thought we would use his expertise behind the camera. He wisely chose the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre, an institution and venue we had all visited as kids growing up in Los Angeles. Colin was able to seamlessly marry this song’s message with the theater puppeteer’s imagination and creativity. We have him to thank, as he really ‘pulled some strings’ to deliver this spectacle.”
Mini Mansions will be touring North America with the Arctic Monkeys through October 25.