If you didn't get the chance to see Seattle artist Clyde Petersen's amazing (and amazingly cardboard) Merch & Destroy exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum, you get to see a portion of it in ManDate's latest music video.
Filmed in Petersen's hilarious recreation of a backstage green room, replete with cardboard food, beers, benches, graffiti and more than 250 drawn dicks, the members of ManDate are filmed fucking around in the space. Drinking, smoking weed, doodling, seemingly waiting for a show to start. It's existential to the nth degree, grimy, aided by cheap warm (cardboard) beer. Petersen has said that the green room "can be a pretty terrible place that bands have to endure every day of tour." They make it look fun.
"Alternate History" is a grungy tune, heavy on the bass (played by Petersen) with the cello (Lori Goldston) giving guitarist Corey J Brewer's punk-inflected chords a regal, deep sound and texture. Sung by drummer Marc Mazique, the song is a meditation on queer history, remembrance, and erasure. It's ultimately hopeful: "The scars may never go away/but that doesn't mean they own you/it can carry you forward/ just like your bones do."
The cardboard smell is not included.