To create the video for their new single ‘Dry Bone Valley’, Atlanta rock icons Mastodon have teamed up with noted fine artist Tim Biskup a long-time friend who has amassed a cadre of loyal fans and collectors of his painting and sculpture, which boast complex color and design theories and a decidedly populist aesthetic. This collaboration with Mastodon marks Biskup’s first foray into film/video work in nearly six years.
“Doing video for ‘Dry Bone Valley’ was a dream project,” says Biskup, who also designed a hoodie for Mastodon in the past. “The band’s aesthetic has always been interesting and inspiring to me and I think what I do aligns with their music.”
“Tim is an old friend of ours and one of my favorite artists,” says Mastodon’s Brann Dailor about working with Biskup. “The opportunity to work with him was unique and very special for us.”
The ‘Dry Bone Valley’ video is “basically about waking up to find yourself being chased by death and having to reckon with dying and what that actually means to you,” Biskup explains. “It’s a life/death metaphor where the girl in the video goes from hunted to hunter. There’s a whole lot more going on metaphorically, and the symbolism goes very deep and is very specific, but I’ll leave the rest up to interpretation.” Watch the new video below.
‘Dry Bone Valley’ is the second single from Mastodon’s critically acclaimed album The Hunter, which found its way onto several Year End/Best Of critics’ lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, and Decibel. The Hunter entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the Top 10. The first single, ’Curl Of The Burl’ has been nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.”
At present Mastodon are immersed in an extensive tour of Europe and Australia, which culminates in an appearance at the Soundwave Festival in March.
SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY – SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL, RNA SHOWGROUNDS, BRISBANE SOLD OUT
SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY – SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL, OLYMPIC PARK, SYDNEY SOLD OUT
MONDAY 27 FEBRUARY – MELBOURNE SIDEWAVE WITH KVELERTAK & GOJIRA SOLD OUT
THURSDAY 1 MARCH – SYDNEY SIDEWAVE WITH KVELERTAK & GOJIRA
FRIDAY 2 MARCH – SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL, SHOWGROUND, MELBOURNE SOLD OUT
SATURDAY 3 MARCH – SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL, BONYTHON PARK, ADELAIDE
MONDAY 5 MARCH – SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL, CLAREMONT SHOWGROUNDS, PERTH
The Hunter is out now through Roadrunner Records.