Considering the old-timey feel of the track “Trash Talkin Love” from The Ready Set and Kitty, shooting its video in a black and white, silent film-style seems like a natural fit. “It’s definitely got a 1920’s-1940’s vibe, somewhere in there,” The Ready Set’s Jordan Witzigreuter tells me of the song, which, he says, is about robbing a bank, or a shoot out.
“I personally was in a “Bonnie and Clyde” type of mindset when I wrote it. I’ve never robbed a bank though so I was really just making guesses on that end. I think the video reflects the idea pretty obviously too. It sort of is like a not-so-silent movie.”
Despite the video, he’s still never met Kitty in person, (although she’ll appear on a few tour dates with the band, beginning in October), but she seemed well-suited to its vibe he says. “We’ve talked a bit, Internet style, and I like her music a lot, so I thought she would be awesome for the song. I feel like if I was going to rob a bank with someone as a team effort, we could probably be pretty efficient.”
“The concept of the song was kind of a dangerous love story,” Kitty, who produced the visuals for the clip, explains. “My mom and I were talking about it when she first heard it and she said it reminded her a tiny bit of a new pop sort of ragtime. It reminded me of old gangster movies; I used a lot of footage from old James Cagney and Mae West films. I think me and Jordan are both fans of cute songs and nice vibes so I wanted to make it a sweet visual.”
She’s been a fan of The Ready Set for a long time, so working with him on the track was sort of a big deal. “If Myspace-era Kitty knew this song was going to happen, she would squeal for days.”
“We’ve missed like a million opportunities to meet in real life so we still haven’t because we live on opposite edges of the country. I was surprised at how easy and fun it was to work together from so far away.”