Singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn channels a foot-stomping, tribal-face-paint-wearing indie vibe in the Mynabirds' new video for "Disarm," a track from their recent album GENERALS. In the video, Burhenn's ghost-like profile sways to and fro to the chest-rattling beat, while people dance around a bonfire in animal headresses and feathers.
The black and white, shadow-like quality of the video is vaguely reminiscent of Madonna's video for "Vogue," but it's inhabited by more raw, Ke$ha-like characters (hold the glitter and the booze). Burhenn describes the video's premise as a spiritually-influenced tale.
"To me, the wolf and the bear represent gods of warring worlds," Burhenn told Rolling Stone, "and the warrior women are caught in the middle, lost in the night, trying to find their way. When the two gods share this mystical drink, they bring peace. And the warriors dance. It's like drinking the Kool-Aid, but in the very best way possible."
Though the story is mythical, the intent behind the message is directly fueled by Burhenn's thoughts on current events and her wish for worldwide solidarity. "'Disarm' was the last song written for GENERALS and the first video we shot," said the singer. "As I was writing this concept record about war and discord and what we can personally do in the face of so much tragedy . . . I started thinking about the idea of disarming – and simultaneously the idea of a person who is disarming. What characterizes a disarming person? They smile, they invite you in, they approach you with warmth – with no arms or armor – and that's what they get out of you. It's ultimately a real Zen approach to ending fighting on every level. Give the peace that you want to receive, and you will receive it. This one line of the song expresses this idea perfectly: 'You and I are a Siamese form, so what are we fighting for?'"
The Mynabirds are currently on tour promoting GENERALS, until mid-August.