Published Sep 14, 2020Peterborough's Cross Dog came roaring back last year with sophomore full-length Hollow. As ferocious as the trio sound across that 12-track effort, they've taken a decidedly lighter turn with a new video for album cut "Tight Shirt," which Exclaim! is proud to premiere today.
Directed by vocalist Tracy A, drummer Mikey Reid and bassist Mark Rand, the video for "Tight Shirt" juxtaposes the song's lyrics of loathsome catcallers against footage that plays out, in the band's words, "as if it were discovered on a VHS tape in your parents' basement, recorded while flipping between two channels on basic cable."
That footage first features Cross Dog in an '80s-style dance studio (busting moves including the "Chicken Little," "Weekend at Bernie's 2" and the "Sneaky Knees") ahead of capturing a wild, appropriately-distanced gig at Peterborough's White House Hotel.
As the trio tell Exclaim!, "The idea for the video came while stretching and warming up before a show. After the show, it snowballed and became more bizarre as we talked about it in the van. The end result is a pretty good glimpse into our weird inside jokes and our band's twisted sense of humor."
All the while, vocalist Tracy A remains unflinching in her vociferous rejection of verbal harassment, shouting, "This is a fight to claim the skin that I'm living in / You try to call the shots I'm never giving in." You can take in the video below.
Hollow arrived last year through Uncle D Records, and while Cross Dog are currently at work on a follow-up, this past June saw the band rerecord their 2013 self-titled debut with 100% of sales proceeds going to the NAACP.