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Guillermo Sexo Blast Off On a Retro Space Adventure In ‘Graffiti Sky’

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Guillermo Sexo Blast Off On a Retro Space Adventure In ‘Graffiti Sky’

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The idea of tangling with a space Squid of Impending Doom doesn’t sound like all that much fun to be honest, but in the hands of Guillermo Sexo, and video director Adam Depalma, it’s a literal blast.

For the video for the Boston band’s song “Graffiti Sky” the team durned Depalma’s apartment into outer space. The dated sci-fi look of the footage makes for a logical pairing with the song’s retro leanings, a blend of 60’s sun-kissed vocals and post-punk guitars.

“The apartment was temporarily vacant, we built the spaceship set taking up the apartment living room and dining room,” the band’s guitarist Reuben Bettsak says. “It so happened that a realtor came in to show the apartment to potential rental clients while we were shooting. Adam transformed himself from director to realtor, saying “Hey guys, come take a look at my apartment upstairs. It has the same layout.”

The idea for the video was to combine slick production and editing with the vibe of a b-movie, he says. “‘Barbarella’ meets ‘The Twilight Zone'” For the effects they reached back into the past as well, using baby powder for smoke, and glitter in a black bucket for the black hole.

“Graffiti Sky,” is the first single from the band’s upcoming Eclipse, out next year.

“It’s a song about facing obstacles as a couple in a relationship,” Bettsak says. “There are sprinkles of loneliness, isolation, and darkness in the song, but also a declaration of love, and hope.”

Band photo by Mark Shastany