Chicago-based grunge outfit The Holy Alimonies reflects the sound of their 90’s southwestern thumper, “The Inside Joke,” in a sleazy Emily Esperanza-directed clip, where the band dresses in Las Vegas-style hotshot outfits and slinks around a neon-lit motel.
The track is lifted from their forthcoming LP E Pluribus Unum, which they’ve described as “a collection of crying guitars, crunchy chords, melodic bass lines and expressive drums, all set to dystopian punch lines about your day at work, your dead wife’s good looks and the end of this god-forsaken world in modern ‘Murica.”
The video stars a perfectly campy, platinum blonde drag queen, who indulges in a slinky strip tease on a heart-shaped waterbed. (Notice the pillow with “cunt” printed on it). Dressed in a corner store red sheer number, she eventually invites the pizza man inside for a champagne-induced bubble bath.
“I am obsessed with nostalgic roadside Americana—Kitschy diners with their shitty, but oh-so-good coffee, huge neon signs, truck stops and sleazy motels,” Esperanza said. “I had been wanting to shoot a video in an hourly motel for a while and when The Holy Alimonies contacted me, everything aligned. I heard ‘The Inside Joke’ and fell in love with the twangy Meat Puppets-y guitar and the Kurt Cobain-esque vocals.”