Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach‘s new project the Arcs have shared their video for “Outta My Mind,” the latest single off the group’s debut LP, Yours, Dreamily. Keeping with the psychedelic vibes of the band’s new album, the track’s lo-fi, Nick Walker-directed video finds the Arcs performing in a small room while a kaleidoscopic, swirling visual display takes place behind them.
The music is briefly and surprisingly interrupted by viral video of a fistfight breaking out in Chinatown. “You done lost your Chinatown pass,” someone in the video yells before the action cuts back to “Outta My Mind.” After the song wraps up, the Arcs tack on footage of them discussing the Meek Mill vs. Drake feud. Fighting, specifically boxing, is a major motif in the Arcs’ music, as their single “Stay in My Corner” was inspired by the Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao fight.
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In a Rolling Stone interview, Auerbach discussed his psychedelic, soulful new project and how his secret Deadhead side informed Yours, Dreamily. “The Arcs scratch that itch for me — and when we play live, it’s going to be magnified,” Auerbach said. “These guys are so crazy-capable. We all got together and played recently, and it was so fucking exciting. There was a lot of improvisation, which is new for me.”
As for the themes of fighting laced throughout the music, Auerbach admitted, “I brought a punching bag, boxing gloves and my jump-rope, and I try to work out in the afternoon. But not before shows. It’s not like I get pumped up like I’m a WWF wrestler — like, oil my body and do a bunch of pushups before I run onstage.”