“‘Big Shot’ was the last song written from the album and a direction the band seems to be naturally drifting towards,” guitarist and vocalist Ryan Ceasar of Melbourne’s glam-pop outfit Pearls explains of their new video.
“I always imagined this song as a shared nightmare between Marc Bolan and Michael Jackson, and Ben Montero has illustrated that perfectly in the clip,” he goes on. “Thank god for Ben Montero.”
For the video, Montero has put together a retro summer of love watercolor trip.
“The usual inspiration is in there with the 60’s and 70’s style psych art as well Crumb style animal dementia,” Monero says. “Also I’m a big fan of the opening cartoon credits of Grease so that was in my head. The band gave me some visual direction at the start but I can tend to go way off track and the original visuals were a little rougher and uglier.”
Like all good glam rock, he says, “‘Big Shot’ has an undercurrent of menace, so the bright colors unsettle a little and disorientate. Like a bouncy cartoon mouse with flick knife. I was drawing most of this while crashing on a couch that smelt like cat piss with zero sleep so that may have seeped into my subconscious too.”
“Big Shot” comes from Pearls’ Pretend You’re Mine, out February 20, on Remote Control/Dot Dash Records.