Unlike, say, Liam and Noel Gallagher, or Kings of Leon’s Followill siblings, it’s not all that likely that you’ll find brothers James and Andy Ralph throwing punches at one another in some dramatically over-the-top fashion any time soon. Beyond just playing together as the garage-rock outfit Writer, the two actually seem to like each other, at least enough to sport matching tattoos with the words “Brothers Ralph” surrounding an anchor.
Recently uprooting themselves from their home in California to the streets of Brooklyn, the pair will soon self-release their full-length debut Brotherface next month. In advance of its approaching arrival, the two have premiered a music video for their single “Hot Days.”
Directed by E. Lee Smith, the clip goes for something as literal and throat-parching as the song’s title would suggest: filming took place in parts under a heat-scorching sky in the Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert. In addition to playing amidst the tumbleweeds and on top of boulders, the occasional nighttime cut features video projections of an old-time boxing match and hide-and-seek searchlights.
Clocking in at just under two minutes and thirty seconds, the pair delivers a song in which slightly sludgy setups contrast with uplifting “ooh-ooh-ooh” choruses. Providing plenty of crunchy strumming and throbbing percussion, by the end of the pair’s repeated refrain “please stop / they’re not for real,” the whole thing starts to feel as hazy as the landscape’s triple-digit temperature.
WRITER’S DEBUT LP, BROTHERFACE, IS OUT OCTOBER 30. FOR MORE ON THE DUO, VISIT THEIR WEBSITE.