Shakey Graves Release "Kids These Days" Music Video

Shakey Graves shares a new music video for the single “Kids These Days” from his recent full-length release Can’t Wake Up, now available everywhere via Dualtone. The sub-consciously aware track takes on physical form in this satirical video where Alejandro Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves, taps into the psyche of rockstar imagery in a way that mirrors and parodies his own shift as an artist. The video premiered via CONAN yesterday.

The video begins at a campfire setting, with Shakey in a cowboy hat and suspenders with acoustic guitar in hand; a past trademark for Shakey, and also a commonly applied, if not pigeonholed, stereotype of Americana. Suddenly, the scene changes and he’s seen with a pink electric guitar in hand, and everything begins to change. The sharp yet contemplative lyrics “maybe I should give up the good fight and change my image overnight” come into play as Shakey morphs into a raging hair metal rock icon, then transforms again later into the SoundCloud rapper. Though comedic in onset, the video takes a deeper look into dealing with identity versus speculation, while both lyrically and visually also capturing the essence of Shakey’s progression sonically which, though subtle and warranted, may seem drastic and unexpected to those who’ve grown accustomed to the primary origins of “the gentleman from Texas.”

As with the rest of the album, Can’t Wake Up veers from the inevitable to the revelatory, its thirteen songs teeming with jarring musical and thematic collisions and thrillingly seamless intersections, gnarly psychological hornswoggles and ecstatic resolutions. Central to the prevailing sense of disorientation are the lead vocals, none of which is purely solo. Instead, each lead performance is shadowed by a queasy harmony or slightly out–of–sync unison part, giving the sense—especially on headphones—that these voices are emanating from inside the listener’s head. 

“Armed with new instruments and a lifetime of dreams, he forgoes his boot–stomping, cheeky folk for a sound that fluctuates between finely–tuned rock and full–band pop,” comments NPR’s Nina Corcoran. “Alejandro Rose–Garcia pulls it off in large part due to his storytelling prowess; these songs would be welcoming, even enthralling, in any style.”

Following two sold out Canadian shows (Massey Hall + The Corona Theatre) directly on the heels of Can’t Wake Up being released in May, Shakey Graves is currently in the midst of an international tour (known as The Tour Tour Tour Tour Tour Tour Tour Tour Tour). The largely U.S. + Europe focused tour does see Shakey Graves return to Canada for three additional shows, including the Regina (August 10) and Edmonton (August 12) Folk Fests this August and a co-headline show at Echo Beach in Toronto with The Sheepdogs on September 20. For more information and concert tickets, visit shakeygraves.com.