With Jonny Fritz, you never know what you’re going to get. Which is what makes any new project from the singer-songwriter-leatherworker such a tantalizing experience. On October 14th, the artist formerly known as Jonny Corndawg will release his latest album Sweet Creep, a collection of wildly irreverent songs about seedy motels, canine ownership and hitting the road. “I Love Leaving” is one such road tune, and today Fritz released a poised-to-go-viral video for the track.
Opening with Fritz swinging like Tarzan on a vine in the forest, the clip assembles some of the most outrageous images from the Internet. There’s footage of bumbling robbers, doomed boaters and unfortunate kids with lawn equipment. As well as arguably the most satisfying time-wasting collection of dog videos ever set to music.
Produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Sweet Creep furthers Fritz’s exploration of what he calls “the divine mundane.” “I Love Leaving” opens with a particularly Roger Miller observation: “Oh, classical music is so clarinet-y / I love meatballs but don’t like spaghetti / it makes me so tired and I wanna be ready / I love being ready to go.”
“I read something in an astrology coffee-table book recently that really summed up what I have been trying to describe of my writing for years. It said that for me specifically that the one theme that sums up my entire worldview and outlet is finding the divine in the mundane,” he says. “The things that nobody else wants or cares to notice have always been the things that stick out to me.”
Fritz will pick up and leave once again, joining Jamestown Revival for a fall tour beginning in October in Indianapolis.