While TV on the Radio take a break between albums, the band’s guitarist-singer Kyp Malone has been keeping busy with his side project Rain Machine, whose debut came out in September. Rain Machine will be opening up for the Pixies on their Doolittle tour starting Friday in Los Angeles (check back Thursday for a full report from the Pixies’ opening-night show), and today they’re debuting their new video for “Give Blood” right here.
“The concept came from watching my kid and her friends transform the sterile environment of a luxury hotel suite into a circus on the night of her birthday,” Malone tells RS. “I thought that if we could channel even a fraction of their energy we’d be onto something.”
Malone filmed the video in late September in Los Angeles, and director Petro designed the creatures in the clip and did the animation. “This is our second video together and hopefully not our last,” Malone says. The pair worked on a few various treatments where blood played a bigger role, but they decided to go a more indirect route in the end. “There’s been lots of blood and guts lately, which makes sense considering the state of things,” he says.
Malone promises to have more work on the way soon, and notes that working without a major-label budget wasn’t a problem at all. “In some ways it’s nice not having very much money to work with. Less people with their nose in your business. Less people telling you ‘no.’ ” But he admits, “Still some ideas would benefit from the big bucks. Maybe they’ll come back around but I don’t want to wait on them anymore.”