Lera Lynn speeds and smolders behind the wheel of a 1972 Chevelle in the video for “Drive,” one of the highlights from this year’s Resistor.
Unfolding like a road movie whose frames have been spliced out of order, the clip casts Lynn as both heroine and villain, tracing her path as she spends an evening breaking hearts, smoking cigarettes, stealing pocket watches and pushing the pedal to the metal. We’re never told whether she’s chasing something or running away. Instead, we’re given the blurry edges of a plot — a man sleeping beside Lynn in a motel room; a pair of headlights cutting through the darkness; a slow-motion clip of Lynn taking a baseball bat to a pile of clocks — and encouraged to write the story ourselves.
“I really didn’t want the video to take on a narrative feel,” admits Lynn, who enlisted a photographer friend, Alysse Gafkjen, to shoot the video. Making her directorial debut, Gafkjen fills “Drive” with splashes of burnt orange and warm washes of red, focusing on imagery rather than a linear storyline.
“It’s about the music, first and foremost,” Gafkjen adds. “The song was already very vibey, very moody, very dark. We just needed to translate to the screen — to bring the song to life, visually. So we brainstormed together and then went to work, spending an entire day shooting in south Nashville.”
“Drive” is the second track from Lynn’s newest release, Resistor, to receive a moody, mysterious camera treatment, following “Shapeshifter” by less than two months. Meanwhile, Lynn is gearing up for another tour, playing a string of full-band shows stretching from Canada to Texas.
Here are Lynn’s upcoming tour dates:
August 6 – Edmonton, Canada @ the Edmonton Folk Festival
August 7 – Edmonton, Canada @ the Edmonton Folk Festival
August 13 – Nashville @ Musicians Corner at Centennial Park
September 13 – Birmingham, AL @ the Workplay Theatre
September 14 – New Orleans @ the Parish at House Of Blues
September 16 – Houston, TX @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
September 17 – Austin @ 3TEN Austin City Limits Live
September 18 – Dallas @ the Kessler
September 20 – Santa Fe, NM @ Skylight
September 21 – Phoenix @ Musical Instrument Museum
September 22 – Los Angeles @ Bootleg Theater
September 24 – San Francisco @ Slims
September 27 – Seattle @ the Tractor Tavern
September 28 – Portland @ Aladdin Theater
September 30 – Salt Lake City @ the State Room
October 1 – Denver @ Daniels Hall at Swallow Hill Music
October 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ the Cedar Cultural Center
October 6 – Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads
October 8 – Nashville @ the Basement East