Chosen by Monk

The Uber Rock Approved stampAs the rays of light at the end of the dark tunnel that has been the past 14 months of isolation and generally being shit upon from great heights grow brighter day by day, the rock ‘n’ roll year that is 2021 has somehow crept, crawled and sneaked closer to its halfway point, with its DMs firmly planted in the mire and muck of the chaos around it, with a healthy slew of new music pinging itself our way, and especially the continuing tsunami of submissions we receive for our coveted ‘Video Of The Week’ award… Yes, as we’ve said on multiple occasions, one constant throughout the vagaries of inconsistent and often hard to stomach lockdowns is the amazing level of adaptive creativity that bands and video directors the length and breadth of the Überverse have continued to show, often in the most adverse of circumstances.

After viewing all of the entries – and, yes, we did watch each and every one of the more than 150 submissions we received this past week alone – at the end of the day (or night, depending on where you are in the Überverse), there could be only one winner… And this week’s champion of champions, fighting off some extremely competition is a clip which you really wouldn’t want to sit down and watch after a night on the silly sauce – and no, you don’t need to adjust your screen as, yes, Canadian retro-rockers The Damn Truth are actually performing upside down at some points!

Now, we normally don’t countenance “performance” videos for our VOTW award, but the fact that this particular performance is filmed inside a 360-degree custom-built rotating room adds enough of a twist (sic) to have made it stand out against all the other clips submitted this past week.

“I don’t know remember how the director said it,” TDT’s drummer Dave Traina told us, “but he just basically said, ‘guys, how comfortable are you performing upside down?’.”

“They built an 8 x 10 circus ride just for us,” added bassist PY Letellier. “We call it ‘The Damn Truth cube’.”

“All members of the band were injured in the making of this video,” revealed lead singer Lee-La Baum… “and we loved every minute of it.”

  • ‘This Is Where We Are Now’ is taken from The Damn Truth’s recently released third album, ‘Now Or Nowhere’. TDT are due to support King King on their planned February 2022 tour.
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