Harriet, the Los Angeles band with a particular gift for music videos, is gearing up for the January release of their debut album, American Appetite. Today, the band shares the album's title track with a lyric video that is equal parts standard morning routine and cocaine binge. Harriet's lead vocalist, Alex Casnoff, told The FADER over email that the inspiration for the song and video comes from an unlikely source—the collapse of Enron.
"I had just finished watching the Enron documentary—Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room–and I came away so angry." Casnoff said. "I mean, how could you not? But I also became obsessed with Jeff Skilling. I watched his congressional testimony on repeat. I needed to get inside his head, because it wasn't just pure evil, it was a sociopathy condoned by the entire financial system. I started to feel like he wasn't just lying in that testimony, he really believed he hadn't done anything wrong. And to me, there's nothing more interesting than an unreliable narrator."
Watch the transfixing video, which was directed byMacklin Casnoff and Ben Watanabe, above; pre-order your copy of American Appetite ahead of its January 29 release here.
Harriet's 2015 Tour Dates:
10/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Harvest Records CMJ Showcase @ The Living Room
10/15 Yonkers, NY @ Sarah Lawrence College
10/16 Dutchess County, NY @ Bard College
10/17 New York, NY @ Mixed MGMT CMJ Showcase @ Berlin
10/22 Middletown, CT @ Wesleyan
10/23 Providence, RI @ Brown College
10/24 Bennington, Vermont @ Bennington College