Motorists – Vainglorious [Music Video]

Today, Toronto’s Motorists dropped the music video for Vainglorious.
The second single is taken from their debut album Surrounded which comes out on September 3, 2021 via We Are Time (USA), Bobo Integral (ROW), Debt Offensive (CAN)
Another fun upbeat jangly indie pop throwback vibe tune with a cool DIY retro music video.

About the track:
The track brings another visual installment created by Craig Fahner and Michelle Lemay, mirroring the aesthetic of “Through To You” to draw on the 80’s German TV show, Beat Club. The song presents another example of the band’s knack for head-jerking riffs and understanding of a tight pop melody, dealing with feelings of alienation examined through a political lens. While veering away from being too heavy-handed, it weighs up how the people in charge might say all the right things to make you feel comfortable, while actively working against your best interests in practice.

“We have seen the work that is actually done from the front lines to make things better for vulnerable people while our representatives do absolutely nothing, and yet they continue to congratulate themselves as progressive leaders,” Fahner says, recounting the failures of Canada’s national and local politicians. “We have seen this with our prime minister’s smiling embrace of environmental justice causes, while actively campaigning for and benefiting from the Canadian petrostate off camera. Or locally, with our mayor presenting himself as a man of the people, as someone providing solutions for people living in poverty, while, in actuality, operating as surrogate for the real estate industry that would actively like to obliterate poor people from the landscape.” Motorists wonder out loud how one could stand to live such a paradoxical life and stand for nothing, these do-nothings are designated with the biblical sin of vainglory—“all of the pride, none of the substance.”


Vainglorious gets:
/10.

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