There are many ways a one night stand could go: maybe just sex—great sex at that—maybe it develops into something more—perhaps even marriage—or worst case scenario, your body ends up bound in a trunk getting driven around by a manic cult. (Okay, is that the best case scenario?) In Chicago band Yoko and the Oh No’s ultra-glam debut video, their revved-up retro rock cut, “Love U,” follows this bizarre narrative and manifests like a killer cult film.
Directed by Michael Philip Zarowny and styled by nightlife personality Bon Bon, the trio—singer Max Goldstein, guitarist Max Loebman and drummer Stef Roti—all kidnap their victim, played by Goldstein himself, tie him up, shove a gag ball in his mouth and perform a campy ritual that involves drenching him in sticky goo and giant white feathers. With a million kinks in this world, this colorful plot is sure to fulfill someone’s fantasy.
The song, “Love U,” lifted off the band’s self-titled debut LP, was written by Goldstein on piano and brought to his bandmates to imbue with their signature high-octane sound. “We all have tastes that overlap, but Max [Loebman] brings these killer catchy guitar hooks and was brought up on ’60s rock ‘n’ roll and I love to sing soul, but listen to a little bit of everything,” Goldstein said, describing the band’s first full-length as a fully collaborative effort.
“I actually wrote ‘Love U’ when I was still in high school,” he mused. “I think with some people there might be shame surrounding NSA random hookups, but there’s something magical about a one night stand. I spent a lot of time looking for ‘the one’ without much success, so I was like, ‘Fuck it, I better learn how to be by myself without depending on that kind of love from others.’ When I finally reached that headspace, I was very protective of it. I’d reject relationships before they would even happen, but this was almost 4 years ago, so obviously a lot has changed since.”
Watch the BULLETT premiere of “Love U,” below: