Under the direction of sisters Kelsey and Remy Bennett along with Monroe Robertson, the video for SKATERS’ lead single “Schemers” follows a drug-addled teenage boy down the rabbit hole of adolescent libido. Gleefully grotesque, the video dives headfirst into a maelstrom of cartoonish delirium set to SKATERS’ cheery power-pop. As his trip goes bad, the boy’s confused oedipal urges transform his mother into a terrifying 50 Foot Woman, her high heels stomping through a cardboard city. With the song’s final chords, the dream cuts out to static, and we are relieved to retain our sanity.
As SKATERS’ band photographer and art director, Kelsey Bennett collaborated with B. Thom Stevenson, a visual artist for Marc Jacobs, to create what they call a “cerebral stream of fragmented memories and fantasy,” complete with animation and retro scale models. The right amount of handheld camerawork imbues Bennett’s images with a dizzying dynamism. The resulting aesthetic is at once visceral and charming, a home movie of the id. With “Schemers,” Kelsey Bennett brings out SKATERS’ dark and infectious fun, and cements her status as an exciting young visual artist. SKATERS’ “Schemers EP” is available on Spotify and to download free on the band’s website.