Death From Above 1979 pay tribute to adolescence and its perennial corruptors of sex, drugs and rock and roll in the outlandish new video for “Virgins,” a cut off the dance-rock duo’s 2014 comeback album, The Physical World.
The sinister new clip follows a group of Amish kids in the midst of those awkward, exploratory teenage years, known in that community as Rumspringa. During that time, teens are allowed to experience the outside world and indulge in all its hedonistic offerings — and those in the “Virgins” video do not waste their newfound freedom.
Director Eva Michon paints an over-the-top caricature of adolescent revelry as the partiers ingest plants and mushrooms, use straws to snort ashes from an urn and wave their bonnets in the air like they just don’t care. Things turn particularly weird during an extended sex metaphor involving a banana and goat utters, and even weirder when one boy finishes out the night wrestling a chair. The video ends, however, with the most time-honored rite of passage: A young man — no longer a boy — waking up the next morning to find a penis scrawled in Sharpie on his cheek.
Death From Above 1979 — who split up in 2006 and reunited for several live shows before recording The Physical World — are scheduled to return to the road this summer alongside Incubus and the Deftones. The tour begins July 22nd in Clarkston, Michigan, and wraps up August 30th in San Diego, California.
Death From Above 1979 Summer Tour Dates
July 22 — Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 23 — Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
July 25 — Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 26 — White River, IN @ Lawn at White River State Park
August 7 — Mansfield, MA @ X-finity Center
August 8 — Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 9 — Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
August 13 — Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
August 14 — West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheater
August 16 — New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
August 17 — Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
August 19 — Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 20 — Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
August 24 — Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
August 26 — Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
August 30 — San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater