A scene from War On TV's music video for "Sleep"

Take a break from all that Black Friday shopping and check out the new video from Indianapolis alt-rock band War On TV.

After releasing their debut album earlier this year, War On TV will return again in December with their second studio effort of 2018. Titled Don’t Talk to Strangers, the band’s latest will drop on Friday, Dec. 14, with a release show scheduled at Radio Radio for the following day (Dec. 15).

Today, we’re premiering a music video for the first single, "Sleep," off of Don’t Talk to Strangers. Watch the video below and continue reading for a short Q&A with War On TV’s Nick Laus Weber.

NUVO: Don't Talk to Strangers marks War on TV's second release of 2018. In what ways is it a next step from your debut album?

NICK LAUS WEBER: Musically, we feel we've been able to communicate more complex ideas and feelings [on the new album]. We've started to hit a more consistent songwriting groove than we did on Family Friendly.

NUVO: Why did you all choose for "Sleep" to be the album's first single? How does it represent Don't Talk to Strangers?

WEBER: Don't Talk to Strangers is a step in a different direction for us, and "Sleep" is a different song structurally and musically than what we've written in the past. It's a good representation of our growth as a band since our first release.

NUVO: Elaborate on the process that went into the video. Who did you work with and how did the plot for the video come about?

WEBER: We worked with Brian Schnitz and DirectView Productions, who also filmed our first music video, "Komm.” We were scouting locations for the next video and found this dope abandoned warehouse that we really wanted to shoot. We mostly wanted to film ourselves having fun and doing gnarly shit and ended up incorporating a lot of our surroundings into the video.

NUVO: I know War on TV performed at Deluxe in Old National Centre not too long ago. Following the video, what’s on the horizon?

WEBER: Don't Talk to Strangers drops everywhere on Friday, Dec. 14, and we're celebrating the release with a party at Radio Radio on Saturday, Dec. 15. After that, we're gearing up for some more big local shows next year, and we've already started booking our tour schedule to support the album release.


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