This week in our column dedicated to emerging music from around the world we present “An Existential Eve With My Pet Hamster” by Dead Is The Cat.
The video has been on YouTube for quite some time and it is truly spectacular.
The Dead Is The Cat band is originally from Tarpon Springs, near St. Petersburg, Florida (USA), and it is composed by Anthony Vanden-Eynden (vocals, guitar and piano) and Statler Gause (vocals, drums).
Their inspiration comes from artists such as The Killers, Cage the Elephant, Weezer, Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Pixies. The genre they propose is a grungy, indie, folky garage, rock.
Their first album (being recorded with the DITC record label) is titled “For All We Know”, which includes the song “An Existential Eve With My Pet Hamster”. The song was written by the two band members, recorded and mixed by Ryan Boesch at Parhelion Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
The protagonist of the Dead Is The Cat video … a hamster
The video of the song, by director Evan Zissimopulis, is imaginative and demented. It starts in the evening, shortly after 10pm, with one of the band members, Anthony, coming home. Notice how he goes down oddly from the car, coming out the window instead of opening the door!
He sits on the sofa inside his garage, it’s 10:17 PM. He calls his colleague Statler on the phone, but he is busy at a party with a beautiful girl and therefore doesn’t respond!
Suddenly a hamster moves on the mixer and starts the music! Then it walks and leaves two bright balls (maybe drugs?) near his master. Anthony takes them and watches.
The next images remind us of “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden, with Anthony singing with the wind on his face. Statler also appears playing the drums.
Reality or imagination?
Everything seems imaginary, it does not seem a real situation. Perhaps the effect of drugs? The singer also begins to float in the air; the green chakra Anahata appears on his chest and then the Vishudda chakra on his mouth.
We see a black hole on the ceiling of the room (maybe it’s the black hole sun of Soundgarden).
At the end of this mystical experience, Anthony wakes up and looks at the phone clock: it’s always 10:17 PM!
The band explained that this video talks about the situation of those who feel alone, excluded from the world and society and need to be listened to and understood. Loneliness leads the individual to no longer understand what is reality and what is imagination and generates a sense of confusion, a desire for understanding and a reflection on his identity.