Milwaukee-by-way-of-Canterbury indie pop rock project, Holy Pinto, premiered their latest single “Gold Leaf” this morning via a heart-warming with a touch of comedy official video. “Gold Leaf”, which debuted on Pop Matters, is an incredibly well done rock tune with its roots in classic emo and pop-punk from a melodic perspective. However when it comes down to the beat, “Gold Leaf” takes a solid left-hand turn towards a sound much less explored. The result is something familiar to the listeners but unquestionably unique at the same time. You can watch the video for “Gold Leaf” now on YouTube and look for it on Spotify, Apple and all your other favorite streaming services come Friday. Holy Pinto’s new EP, Tales From The Traveling T-Shirt Salesman (preorder here), will also be out in June on Halloween Records.
For the official video of “Gold Leaf”, Aymen Saleh, the mind behind the Holy Pinto project, traveled to Monowi, Nebraska – a budding metropolis with a population of one, yes one single person. He performed at the Monowi Tavern in front of the single card carrying citizen of Monowi and a couple of people that traveled in from the next town. It’s a comical, intimate concept that fits the heart of the song.
Here’s an explanation of the reason behind the video from Aymen:
I always get to play a lot of random and wonderful ‘off-the-beaten-path’ places when touring. We have to get from point A to point B and try spread the music along the way. So the question becomes who will have us, and where? We’ll end up, remarkably organically, playing at a cool art space in Boaz, Alabama… a barn in rural Pennsylvania… a wakeboarding park in Valdosta, Georgia…
I thought it’d be a fun video idea – how about actively seeking out the smallest and most obscure place possible?
I was on tour in February and I stopped by Monowi (a town in Nebraska which has a population of 1) and asked Elsie (the sole inhabitant/self-elected mayor) if I could swing back in a couple of months and play some songs, and she said sure!
“Gold Leaf” is a song about distance, the restless feeling of wanting to ramble, of being wide-eyed about the world and wanting to chase experience. The song is tinged with sadness and regret; about what you sometimes give up, the potential of letting someone down and leaving them behind whilst following your internal compass and indulging your inner-restlessness. The video, though, speaks to and documents the brighter and more positive side of that coin: when you’re out there doing what it is you love to do, experiencing new places, and meeting new people.