Hoe-downs don't usually come as weird and diverse as the one depicted in the video for the Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band's new one "Clap Your Hands." But barns sure do make for natural stages: I love how the crowd is framed in an almost static wide shot — with the balcony hanging over the top, in a barn as in a theater — as the band's friends and fans take center stage when they get the notion. And it's magnanimous, egalitarian of the Rev. and company to give their fans a dueling stage to strut their stuff. Not to mention the open-minded juxtaposition of American rural music with art born in the inner city or on the other side of the world.
There's a good chance Indy residents will recognize some performers; members of The Blue Monkey Sideshow, The Hilltop Dancers, Creme De Les Femmes, Bangofa Dancers, Dark Side Tribal and The Weapons of Rhythm all make appearances.
Side One Dummy will release the Rev. Peyton Big Damn Band's upcoming full-length, The Wages, on May 25.