Kicking off our series of premieres, we are teaming up with the duo Doe & Deer for the release of their new music video for “100 Bucks For Hawaiian Joe,” a visual that captures the groove of the song and does a great use of imagery to illustrate the many meanings of the song in such a fun and captivating way.
On the Video for 100 Bucks for Hawaiian Joe, Christopher comments:
I had no idea what I wanted from a video for 100 Bucks for Hawaiian Joe. I felt like the themes were so broad and serious that a typical video with a band playing would be too reductive.
I reached out to my friend, brilliant photographer and artist Vlada Syrkin Werts. We sat at her big wood dining table and tried to come up with something. I’m not sure we did that first night.
Eventually early Lana Del Rey videos came up, specifically Video Games. I think we talked about how they were evocative without getting in the way of the song or defining the song completely.
I had just seen Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built and I had been thinking about the way archival, found and stock footage was used to bridge sections and connect themes that are profound, broad, old or already embedded within other art forms and media like painting, photography and even news footage.
That connection between Lana Del Rey music videos and Lars von Trier films isn’t strange to me. It actually seemed like the perfect foundation to build a Doe and Deer video on.
Vlada Syrkin Werts made the video entirely of stock and archival footage. I helped her find a little of it, but she really took the reins and made something that just worked for the song. Her interpretation of the song and its themes, which I don’t think we ever discussed directly, are what make the video special.
Doe and Deer is the duo of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Christopher Chase Godwin and vocalist Hayley Dees. The two share lead vocals, a unique approach that sets the pair apart. Doe and Deer’s distinctive sound draws from a wide range of influences across disparate genres, including singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, alt-country and Americana acts such as Wilco, Neko Case and Jason Isbell, indie rockers the Kills, and lyrically-savvy oddball storytellers like Tom Waits and Nick Cave.