Is there a band more New York than The Strokes?
(Actually… no. Don’t answer that.)
The fact of the matter is, The Strokes are to New York what My Chemical Romance is to New Jersey, or the Red Hot Chili Peppers are to California.
Maybe there are better bands out there, but when you say “The Strokes,” any music fan worth their weight in graphic tees and overpriced vinyl will immediately think “New York.”
In fact, “Ode to the Mets” isn’t even the first song The Strokes have written about their beloved hometown. Anyone remember “New York City Cops?”
Coming right on time for the MLB’s opening day (moved to July 24, thanks to COVID-19), “Ode to the Mets” is the latest music video from everyone’s favorite music snob staple.
Where The Strokes originally dabbled in lo-fi 60s rock-and-roll vibes, these days, they’re far more interested in working with the kitschy 80s vibes from their own childhoods. “Ode to the Mets” doesn’t escape this fate, starting with a fuzzy game of Space Invaders, before transitioning into a somewhat psychedelic trip through time that ends, where else, but on the moon.
The music video itself is nothing too spectacular, with no real strong narrative, though it does have some beautiful animation that matches the slow, dreamy tone of the song. Casual fans of The Strokes may find the video to be dramatically different from what they’re used to, but fans of Julian Casablancas won’t be caught off guard by this sort of aesthetic — much like a lot of the later music coming from The Strokes, it pulls from Julian Casablanca’s side project, The Voidz.
Ultimately, “Ode to the Mets” is a fun and unique COVID music video. Though when compared to the rest of The Strokes’ video catalog, it falls a bit flat. But as compared to every other band’s weird, iPhone shot, or crowdsourced music video, “Ode to the Mets” at least could be released in any time period, not just a pandemic one.
Though it’s definitely a difficult endeavor, we certainly hope that more bands will take note and start making higher production quarantine vids. After all, it looks like we’re going to be stuck inside for quite a while.
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