By Amanda Wicks
The myth of the Wild West still captures contemporary imaginations, which is why Cage the Elephant stages their new video for “Trouble” in that very space. The Kentucky rock band don their best gun slinging gear and head out to the desert to take on “trouble” in a trippy video that combines Have Gun Will Travel with a touch of Alice in Wonderland.
The video marks frontman Matthew Shultz’s directorial debut. “I really wanted to make a video that was like John Wayne or a young Clint Eastwood acting in a Cocteau Play or Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberry’s [sic],” Shultz stated. “A metaphorical journey that hopefully people could read between the lines” (via CoS).
That juxtaposition proves to be a psychedelic experience, mixing the washed out desert landscape with rich colorful characters and settings. In the opening moments, bassist Daniel Tichenor faces off against a gun toting bad guy, before making his way through an increasingly ethereal experience that includes clowns, ladies of the night and more.
“Trouble on my left, trouble on my right/ I’ve been facing trouble almost all my life/ My sweet love, won’t you pull me through/ Everywhere I look, I catch a glimpse of you,” Shultz sings on the chorus. As far as the video goes, trouble comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and possibilities.
You can catch the band out on tour starting in May, check out dates and tickets here.