Earlier today, JAPANDROIDS finally released a video for their 2012 Song Of The Year nominee, "The House That Heaven Built," and it's a fun little black-and-white journey with the band on tour across America, felating bottles of Jack Daniel's, tearing up ridiculously packed music venues from coast to coast, shotgunning beers, packing up the van, and shooting at some molotov cocktails in the woods. We've even got what looks like highway "headed' to the venue" footage from the Ted Williams tunnel, and a few live shots from the Vancouver duo's Brighton Music Hall gig back in June [related: read Liz Pelly's cover story from 06.22.12]
Towards the end, however, things get a little awkward, when we get some more local attention that's all too familiar to the youth culture of Allston. At the 4:39 mark, there's a girl passed out on Brighton Avenue, in front of Brighton Music Hall, in clear view of Tavern On The Square in the background, being tended to by two dudes (a BMH door guy eventually helps her get to her feet). At first glance the girl is drunk and/or passed out -- first she's flat on her back in the streets, next scene she's on her side and apparently crying or hyperventilating -- but word is the young lady has a medical condition that makes her faint if she doesn't eat enough that day. She works at a nearby clothing store, and her co-workers have relayed that info on social networking sites where the video is being posted.
So what's the real deal here? Just another girl wasted on the streets of Allston? A fan who raged too hard in hearing Celebration Rock in a live setting, so much that she can't even stand up straight? Or just a medical condition in action? Does the girl even know she's shown in this video like this? We assume all ends well and she wasn't carried off to some shithole Glenville by a random bro-dude -- she remarks how much she loves Japandroids as she... uh, regains her footing.
Either way, it's kind of an uncomfortable ending to an otherwise awesome video. Song still fucking slays, though.
Japandroids are back in town December 9, this time at the Paradise Rock club.