RVA emo-punkers Telltale bring the classic euphoric feel of sweaty house shows to glorious, full-color life in their brand-new video for “Dazy,” premiering today right here at RVA Mag.
A great thrill of my young punk-rock life was going to house shows. Living rooms holding roughly five times the amount of people who’d comfortably fit into them, with sweat dripping down the walls as everyone sang along, bounced around the room until the floor shook, and the bands tried to wrap their sets quickly before the cops showed up. Some of the best nights of my life were just like that.
Telltale evokes exactly that feeling with their new video, “Dazy,” which we at RVA Magazine have the pleasure of premiering today. And while for me, those were the days of my long-gone youth, the time for Telltale is absolutely right now. “‘Dazy’ was filmed at Yellowhouse in the suburbs of our hometown of Richmond, VA,” said bassist Tim Fogg. “We shot this video after our first full US tour and invited only 50 to take part in celebrating the release of our latest record, Timeless Youth.”
Fogg is significantly younger than I am, but clearly he’s had the same sort of joyous overstuffed house show experience I have. Indeed, he acknowledges, that’s what the video for “Dazy” is all about. “We wanted to pay homage to the incredible DIY scene that has been our supportive backbone over the years,” Fogg said. “Every band coming up in the area starts out playing these sweaty, packed basements/living room shows. That’s a part of the culture that makes Richmond so unique, so we wanted to give everyone a visual taste of where we come from.”
Sounds about right to me. “Dazy” comes from Telltale’s latest EP, Timeless Youth, which was released in April on Sharptone Records — grab a copy for yourself at Sharptone’s website. As on previous releases, Telltale continues to evoke the energetic, melodic emo-punk sound of bands like State Champs and Knuckle Puck on their new EP, and “Dazy”‘s upbeat mood makes it the perfect jam for a summer that’s sure to be full of wonderful, sweaty house shows. Get ready to bounce.