Today The Bouncing Souls released the music video for “Static,” a song off of their ninth album Comet, which hit shelves just under a month ago. The video, which gives the impression of an old, grainy film, features clips of the band performing, interspersed with excerpts of black and white television programs. But the deteriorating appearance of the video isn't just for fun, it's meant to reflect what the Souls view as the deteriorating state of contemporary music. In an interview with Spinner, guitarist Pete Steinkopf urges music fans to “find something better to listen to and something more substantial to believe in,” as opposed to the mainstream “Static” broadcast on the radio.
The song itself keeps with the band's punk sound, and the subject is very similar to “Sing Along Forever,” from The Bouncing Soul's 2003 LP Anchors Aweigh, just going to show their long-term concern for the direction of music. Despite the two songs' comparable messages (artists need to produce deeper songs and radio stations need to play them), “Static” is harder and more frustrated with the “Sleepwalking Addicts” who continue to listen meaningless music than its earlier counterpart. The video for “Static” is posted below, so check it out to get a better idea of The Bouncing Souls' opinion on today's “noise.”