Hovvdy’s “Problem” Video Is A Gloomy Travelogue

Gray skies, Texas sunsets, and a really cute pup.

Hovvdy is Charlie Martin and Will Taylor, two guys from Austin, Texas whose full-length debut was released last year and is set to be reissued next month. Born in that distinctly bandcamp-ian vein that gave rise to likeminded acts as Alex G and Elvis Depressedly, the duo are debuting their video for Taster standout “Problem,” today via The FADER.

Shot and edited by Riley Engemoen, the video — which, according to an email from the band, attempts to capture "the texture and feeling of the song" rather than the narrative — is a mini road trip in grayscale. We follow Taylor and Martin through isolated shots of small town scenery, the song's reverb-heavy chords providing a fitting soundtrack for the atmospheric haze. “I want to live here/ A couple of years,” Martin sings, and the soothing melancholy of the video world is enough to make you share the sentiment.

Tour dates

4/14 - Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
4/15 - Dallas, TX @ Good Records (Afternoon)
4/15 - Dallas, TX @ Snail Shack
4/16 - Denton, TX @ Yellow Sub
4/18 - Oxford, MS @ Rose Room
4/19 - St Louis, MO @ The Nest
4/20 - Bloomington, IN @ Uel Zing
4/21 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
4/22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Witch House
4/23 - Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha ^
4/24 - Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz ^
4/25 - Annandale-On-Hudson, NY @ The Root Cellar (Bard College)
4/26 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair *
4/27 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
4/28 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
4/29 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
4/30 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
5/1 - Richmond, VA @ Underground Orchard

*with Pinegrove
^with Fog Lake

The Taster reissue comes out 4/28 on Double Double Whammy.

Thumbnail by Johnna Henry

March 27, 2017
Hovvdy’s “Problem” Video Is A Gloomy Travelogue