ABOVE: LAURA HERMISTON OF TWIST. PHOTO COURTESY OF LAURA-LYNN PETRICK
“Imagine having a daydream that you are in the film Easy Rider, but set in rural Ontario,” says vocalist Laura Hermiston, formerly of punk band BB Guns, of her band Twist’s latest music video. Inspired by Dennis Hopper films, like Easy Rider and Glorystompers, Hermiston and Brian Borcherdt—the other half of the two-man band, whom you may recognize from Holy Fuck and Dusted—visually realized their daydream in the video for “Too Much Trouble,” which we are pleased to debut below.
Hopping on the back of a motorcycle, Hermiston escapes with a stranger into the unknown, leaving her anxiety and troubles behind. As Hermiston explains, the lyrics of the song focus on feelings of being lost in life and overwhelmed by lifestyles that are fleeting, unrewarding and even shameful. The video, however, is concerned with transcending these sentiments. “The video is supposed to be a daydream about leaving the anxiety behind and moving forward,” Hermiston says. “The trippy shots are in lieu of all the drug culture.”
Fittingly, we see Hermiston riding off into the distance and hiking through sprawling landscapes, but these placid moments are often interrupted by kaleidoscopic visions. The landscape breaks apart and Hermiston enters the scene from multiple angles at once. It just so happens that Laura-Lynn Petrick, who shot, edited, and directed the video, also draws inspiration from Hopper films. Employing warm filters over her home-movie aesthetic (courtesy of VHS recording) created a hazy atmosphere, which perfectly complements Twist’s lo-fi sound and Easy Rider vision.
“I watched the video [for the first time] with hands over my eyes, then slowly moved them and was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t squirm at any shots,” Hermiston says.
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