Dancing devils, undulating UFOs, slinky sea monsters – they all star in the new animated video created by NC State College of Design professorGreg Carter for “Hive Mind,” the upcoming single from antic, alt-pop glam band, The Floating Children. The team will unveil the video during a FREE show — aka a “circus of sound” — on Saturday, April 13, 8-10pm at ArtSpace (201 E. Davie St.).
The boisterous bill also features:
*** The avant-garde jazz/soul stylings of Micah Gough
*** The percussive stylings of Bongo John
*** A dramatic reading from Gene Davis
*** Complimentary libation from sponsor Foothills Brewing
Guests are encouraged to don costumes. One of “Hive Mind”’s refrains is “Come on, expand your hive mind …,” a call to broaden your sense of kinship and community. In that eclectic spirit, costumes will brighten the event’s rainbow of humanity.
The “Hive Mind” video follows avatars of band members as they navigate surreal representations of social media worlds — ultimately re-discovering the uplifting, bonding power of music. “It’s a bit like ‘Yellow Submarine’ re-booted for our new, digital age of interaction and exploration,” says Carter.
“Hive Mind” was written by the long running Floating Children and produced by Michael Graziano and Artem Smirnov at Raleigh’s Thread Audio. The Floating Children were founded in Chapel Hill in 1987 and are known for a full-on if off kilter theatrical approach.
Musically, the song layers crunchy guitars, a theremin, swelling harmonies, a toy piano and more into a mountain of ear candy. Lyrically, it addresses the vices and virtues of social media, and is ultimately a call to spice up your life and tribe with funky new flavors.
“Music has always brought people together to dance, laugh, scream, make eyes and make time,” says Floating Children lead singer Billy Warden. “At its best, social media is just a contemporary way to connect to the timeless, magical ritual of grooving together.”
Echoes guitarist Jeff Holshouser, “There’s a lot of talk about social media being a trap, but we see it as a TRAP DOOR to weird new worlds that can make life all the lovelier … and loopier.”
The song puts it this way:
“Can’t put your phone down?
Come to our gig in your town
Don’t need a code
Just let your joy explode”
Indeed, the mind-expanding joy of musical merry-making is on full display in Greg Carter and The Floating Children’s “Hive Mind.”