IAN SWEET SET OUT ON EAST COAST/MIDWEST TOUR, DEBUT FREAKY NEW "SLIME TIME LIVE" VIDEO
VIDEO: IAN SWEET - "Slime Time Live" [dir. Ryan Baxley]
Just in time for the start of a run of tour dates with Acid Dad, Brooklyn trio IAN SWEET have shared a strange and somewhat queasy new music video for theirShapeshifter single "Slime Time Live." Featuring IAN SWEET guitarist/vocalist Jilian Medford and--in her acting debut as "Jilian's Mom"--Jilian's actual mom, the video from director Ryan Baxley plumbs deep, neon green depths of weirdness. Head over to Brooklyn Vegan or click on the link or .gif above to watch.
More news from IAN SWEET (including more tour plans and SXSW appearances) is coming in the very near future.
01.07.17 - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium
01.09.17 - Washington, DC - DC9
01.10.17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe *
01.11.17 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub *
01.12.17 - Madison WI - FRZN Fest at High Noon Saloon @
01.13.17 - Chicago, IL - Tomorrow Never Knows Festival at Schuba's &
01.14.17 - Grand Rapids, MI - Founders Brewing
01.17.17 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery *
01.18.17 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA *
& - w/ Foxtrott
@ - w/ Big Thief
"I have a way of loving too many things to take on just one shape,” Jilian Medford sings over and over again on the title track of the Brooklyn-based band IAN SWEET’s debut album, Shapeshifter, repeating it like a mantra. This is Medford’s thesis statement, a narrator to carry us throughShapeshifter, which is above all else a meditation on loneliness and displacement. It’s about losing love and your sense of self in the process, about grabbing at the little things in life that bring joy when nothing else is going according to plan. It’s also an ode to the bandmates, and the friends, that see you through.
IAN SWEET started in 2014 with a string of text messages. Medford was a few days away from embarking on her first tour when the driver and drummer she recruited cancelled. Medford sent IAN SWEET drummer Tim Cheney -- whom she barely knew -- a series of desperate messages, asking if he knew how to drum and whether or not he would be willing to take two weeks off of life to go on tour. Cheney responded soon after with a simple: “Yes.”
Medford and Cheney’s friendship evolved from their time spent on the road into something that she describes as intuitive, telepathic. At the time, Medford had been performing solo under the moniker IAN -- in honor of the nickname her skater friends gave her in high school -- and put out a self-recorded EP titled Have You Ever Loved Anything This Much. That year, she and Cheney enlisted bassist Damien Scalise, and IAN SWEET became a trio. Medford describes Cheney and Scalise as polar opposites that compliment one another; two charged forces that she mediates, forming a platonic balance that brought Medford stability at a time when she didn’t have any.
While she was writing Shapeshifter, Medford’s life was in turmoil. She ended an emotionally abusive relationship in Boston, graduated from Berklee College of Music, and briefly moved home to the San Fernando Valley, thinking she would stay there. Medford was unsure of the band’s future and suffering from a severe, undiagnosed panic disorder. When she returned to Boston to record the album in July of 2015 alongside Cheney and Scalise, Medford was reminded of everything she’d hoped to escape after graduation. She felt stagnant; trudging through a quicksand made up of heartbreak and severe depression, a process she references on Shapeshifter stand-out “Slime Time Live"...