Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show share an animated horror-themed music video for their single “Man/Thing”, off their new EP Casey. Blending theatrical rock and experimental punk, along with a dose of circus flair and dark humor, the band build an experience that is “wholly unique and infectious”. All of their music follows a continuous pulp-horror story about a circus ringleader possessed by a demon, set in the 1940s. The latest chapter is brought to life in the new video, which was illustrated by Dave Flamm.
“‘Man/Thing’ has always been a fan-favorite, so I’ve been wanting to do a video for it for a while now,” shared vocalist Dalton Deschain. “But it’s also our song that I think most lends itself to a visual component; I’ve always thought of it as a horror score that mutated into a rock song. It made sense to literally turn it into the score for a segment of our pulp-horror concept story.”
The video took over a year and a half to produce, with graphic artist Dave Flamm beginning work while the track was in it’s demo stages. Deschain worked with Flamm to script it shot for shot.“Before Dave started on any of the illustrations, I went through the song and described each ‘panel,’ along with their timecodes and what elements should move or change from beat to beat,” explained Deschain. “It ended up being about 40 “pages” of comic panels, which Dave then went through and illustrated and colored over a period of about a year. And man did he draw the hell out of this thing. As he would turn in pages, Day (our bass player) and I would sit down and animate them together, coming up with new ways to arrange and move the elements to make it as dynamic as possible. I really think we arrived at something that’s sort of a mini horror movie, all constructed around this spooky weird rock song.” Day Clancy also animated the band’s previous music video for “Freakshow.”
If you like what you hear, head over the band’s Bandcamp, where you can purchase their new EP Casey. Bandcamp purchases include an exclusive chapbook to accompany the release, including a short story “The Dogman” (written by Deschain) that delves deeper into the story, along with lyrics and select illustrations from the “Man/Thing” video. The EP is also available on all major platforms including Spotify and Apple Music.
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