In the lead-up to Modest Mouse‘s Strangers to Ourselves, the band’s first LP since 2007, Isaac Brock and company unveiled five songs before the album’s March 17th release, kicking things off with first single “Lampshades on Fire.” Now that their new album is out, Modest Mouse have circled back to that introductory track with a video pairing the frantic song with visceral images and Orange Is the New Black actress Natasha Lyonne.
The Jorge Torres-Torres-directed video provides a barrage of surreal scenes revolving around Modest Mouse performing at a house party. For no reason whatsoever, one person shoves a needle through their cheek while another plants their tongue in a mousetrap. “Lampshades on Fire” also features cat-tossing, pot-smoking, gun-toting, face-painting, public urination and, of course, the titular lampshades on fire. In one perfectly timed moment, Brock’s lyric “This is what I really call a party now” matches up with a man running around the party naked.
While all the nihilistic images captured in the “Lampshades on Fire” video may seem random, it ties in with the song’s theme of climate devastation, as the track’s denizens wreak havoc on this planet and move on to another one where they make the same mistakes. “We are absolutely fucked,” Brock told Rolling Stone of his societal concerns. “We did some pretty good things, but mainly just fucked up and ate a lot.”