And yes, the interview was quite fun, and seeing The Envy Corps for the first time was memorable. But the memory that stands out the most is being surprised and impressed by the openers, The Olympics, who I knew nothing about beforehand. Then almost a year later, in the dead of winter at the Maintenance Shop on Iowa State University's campus, I drove 4 hours south to see Snowmine, another of my top 10 favorite bands. And who was opening? The Olympics. Coincidence? I think not. In fact, these guys have played with many of my other favorites, including Dear and the Headlights, Yellow Ostrich, Blackbird Blackbird, Now Now, Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, Miniature Tigers, White Rabbits, and more. My theory is: good bands who play with great bands, become great bands.
So the guys and I got to talking and we've kept in touch since. Although I've known for a while that The Olympics are working on a new album, this past week Jeff gave me a sneak peek at the latest music video, and now I'm passing that off to you. "Who Are You?" premiered today on Newdust.com, and I highly suggest you take a look.
Besides the fantastic camera work, both the music and the story-line are well thought out and well performed. Known usually for the brighter atmosphere in their sound and headnod to the time of sock hops, this time around The Olympics get dark and grungy: embracing a tone that has matured and allowed them to take risks, exploring the edges of expectation while creating a dynamic audio and visual experience. With elements of a Miyazaki nightmare, Jeff's character wrestles with a picturesque romance while demons roam in the mind, and possibly, on the beach. This dive into the dark and twisted for The Olympics is bold, but like every time I've ever seen the Olympics live, it meets and surpasses every expectation. I wait eagerly for rest of the album.