“Post-emo indie pop” seems like the best way to describe SKATERS’ new song, “Schemers.” The music video begins with graffiti, glitter, a skull, and a man with an asymmetrical haircut and a leather jacket—but the guitar sounds are far too vibrant, and there are too many flashing colors, for it to fall into My Chemical Romance territory. (Phew.) What ensues is a whirly mash-up of pizza, leopard-print balloons, Xbox, and a woman dancing in bikini underwear and a crop-top, 1980s style. This is all, apparently, a depiction of the acid-induced fantastical hallucinations of a teenage boy, with a bit of Oedipus mother-lust thrown in for good measure. “Schemers” has some very interesting credentials: the filmmakers, Rémy Bennett, Kelsey Bennett, and Monroe Robertson, recruited B. Thom Stevenson, who does visuals for Marc Jacobs, to do the Saved by the Bell-era animation. And the band itself is fairly new, made up of members from The Dead Trees, Adam Green, Little Joy; we’ll be keeping an eye out for what they bring out next.
SKATERS’ DEBUT EP, SCHEMERS, IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE ON THE BAND’S WEBSITE.