If New Orleans indie punks Donovan Wolfington were going to make a video for their song "Keef Ripper", the video they premiered today on BrooklynVegan is pretty much the only acceptable way one of their videos could have gone down. Filmed by Ally Newbold, director/singer/guitarist Neil Berthier explains of the filming process, "We had a party over Mardi gras and filmed. All of the naked boys and friendships are real."
Watch the video for "Keef Ripper"
"Keef Ripper" is off the band's damn good recently released EP Scary Stories You Tell in the Dark on Topshelf Records. The AV Club got it right when they said "Donovan Wolfington recall Weezer's best moments", and MTV Buzzworthy followed suit, stating "At the risk of sounding hyperbolic and melodramatic, “Quitting,” the standout track from Donovan Wolfington's new Scary Stories You Tell In The Dark EP, is the best song we’ve ever heard!" BrooklynVegan called their music "the kind of raw, hooky rock made for college radio and college house shows."
Listen to Scary Stories You Tell in the Dark
The 5-song EP is a perfect example of everything Donovan Wolfington does best, blending sharp angsty-pop sensibilities evocative of bands such as Weezer and Desaparecidos with warbling guitar lines that wouldn't be out of place on a Thin Lizzy record. Couple this with the band's slightly snarky, gritty New Orleans edge and it becomes really difficult not to jump around your living room when you listen.
Scary Stories You Tell in the Dark is currently available via Topshelf Records.
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Guitarists/vocalists Neil Berthier and Matthew Seferian met at their college freshman orientation in 2011. When they realized they not only shared the common dream of getting out of college alive but also the problem that everyone else they had jammed with was not trying to rock nearly as hard as they were, Donovan Wolfington was born. The current line-up also includes Savannah Saxton (keyboards/vocals) and Michael Saladis (drums).
Donovan Wolfington will embark on a full North American tour in June with Pope and Ovlov (all tour dates below).
6/07/2014 Houston, TX @ Summit*
6/08/2014 Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain*
6/09/2014 Dallas, TX @ 1919 Hemphill*
6/11/2014 Albuquerque, NM @ The Gasworks*
6/12/2014 Mesa, AZ @ 51 West*
6/13/2014 San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe*
6/14/2014 Los Angeles, CA @ Bridgetown DIY*
6/15/2014 Oakland, CA @ TBA
6/16/2014 Redding, CA @ Pasty House*
6/17/2014 Seattle, WA @ El Corazan Lounge*
6/18/2014 Portland, OR @ Slabtown*
6/19/2014 Boise, ID @ Shredder*
6/20/2014 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed*
6/21/2014 Denver, CO @ 7th Circle Collevective*
6/22/2014 Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet Studio*
6/24/2014 Chicago, IL @ Gnarnia*
6/26/2014 Toronto, ON @ Parts & Labor^
6/27/2014 Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola^
6/28/2014 Brighton, MA @ Roggies^
6/29/2014 Bloomfield, CT @ Nicolas' Cage^
6/30/2014 New York, NY @ Shea Stadium^
7/1/2014 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire^
7/2/2014 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter^
7/4/2014 Nashville, TN @Neuhau5^
* = w/ Pope
^ = w/ Ovlov