Queens of the Stone Age take a surreal approach in their new video for “The Vampyre of Time and Memory.” The project is more an art installation than a traditional music video, allowing fans to navigate through an interactive website full of macabre visuals, disorienting graphics and a slow-motion performance of the band’s psychedelic ballad.
The unconventional video (co-directed by Kii Arens and Jason Trucco) was created and developed by Darknet in collaboration with the Creators Project. In a press release, the two directors commented on the project, calling it the “ultimate artistic joyide.”
“Joshua Homme and company gave us the creative keys to the car from word ‘go,'” they said. “And Josh has a badass car. . . On the technology side, Darknet was the perfect forward-thinking company to push the boundaries of music video presentation. All art is technology, technology that shares an experience or an idea. ‘Vampyre’ uses all the tools available to us today to share a meaningful common experience.”
Queens of the Stone released their sixth studio album, …Like Clockwork, back in June, and they’ve remained very active since. The band is currently in the middle of their largest tour to date (which was recently extended into 2014), and last month, they joined bands like Arcade Fire and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to perform at the 2013 Bridge School Benefit.
Tomorrow, the band will release the Spotify-exclusive …Like Cologne EP, which features three live tracks recorded on September 4th in Cologne, Germany. On November 29th, as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event, they’re releasing a limited edition vinyl pressing of their latest LP.