Dead Meadow Front Man Jason Simon Releases “Good Hope Road” Video
Puppets, Performance Reign In Mellow-Mood Clip
Jason Simon, guitarist and vocalist for critically acclaimed hard rock band Dead Meadow recently released his self-titled solo album via Tee Pee Records. AOL Spinner has premiered “Good Hope Road”, the new music video from the album. “Good Hope Road” was directed by Simon Chan for Artificial Army (Dead Meadow, The Mars Volta, Coheed and Cambria, etc.) and features Simon performing the song as a slew “unlikely co-stars” enjoy the ride. Check out AOL Spinner’s premiere of Jason Simon’s “Good Hope Road” today at this location.
“This video was shot entirely behind my house in a ramshackle uninhabited structure,” Simon tells Spinner. “I had always been somewhat fearful to enter but taking my guitar and my dog Wilkie we went on in to shoot this video. Unbeknownst to me at the time, this barnlike structure was the home to several small, brightly colored, felt-covered individuals who shared my affinity for the great guest performances on the classic episodes of ‘The Muppet Show.'”
“Much like those classic guest performances of Johnny Cash or Paul Simon [with the Muppets], these ‘puppets’ add great counterpoint to the somewhat melancholic nature of the song,” he says. “Most importantly of all, we had a real good time!”
As the voice of the celebrated psychedelic trio Dead Meadow since 1998, Jason Simon has helped craft many captivating, hook-laden songs while the band has enjoyed a successful, highly regarded decade-plus career. With his solo debut, Simon takes listeners through an acoustic wormhole by using the palette of spacey atmospherics, head-nodding prog-blues and pop sensibilities of his main band and painting in subtler shades.
Recorded by Simon and Dead Meadow bassist Steve Kille, mixed by Dave Schiffman (The Jayhawks, Johnny Cash) and mastered by Pete Lyman (Bloc Party, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez) at Infrasonic Sound, Simon’s first solo recording is at once stimulating, shadowy, speculative and spellbinding. Each of the album’s nine original tracks tell their own unique story while the haunting cover of Bob Dylan’s “As I Went Out One Morning”. The music takes inspiration from folksters like Bert Jansch, Leonard Cohen, Sandy Bull and Townes Van Zandt — slow and steady and incredibly deep, with plenty of of reverb, intricate guitar work and bit of pedal steel.
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