Will Wood & The Tapeworms have blown the doors off what a conventional music video looks like, releasing their short film for Mr. Capgras Encounters a Secondhand Vanity: Tulpamancer’s Prosopagnosia as Direct Result of Trauma to the Fusiform Gyrus to promote their new, crowdfunded album, Self-ish.
Will Wood takes the reigns alongside MTV and VH1 international action-filmmaker Adam Nawrot to take his audience on a visual carnival ride, chalk-full of demented swing-punk riffs and anti-folk hysteria throughout.
The title may be a mouthful, but the video itself is an eyeful. Will Wood and the Tapeworms monochromatically bare all, floating in a white room that could be anything from the void to the vanity shot. Body paint, confetti, money, beads, art-house nudity, and Will Wood’s signature psychedelic goth-drag dare you to keep watching and listening, and will leave you utterly baffled, furiously googling “who is Mr. Capgras?”
“The process of shooting this music video was a lot like the content. It was euphoria and dysphoria,” Wood remarks. “Everyone took their clothes off, even when not filming. We all kissed and held each other and said, ‘I love you,’ talking of liberation and the freedom we felt in those moments. We were knee-deep in hedonism and histrionics, ego and one-ness. We were the yin and yang of self-love and free love. All the most beautiful things in this world seem paradoxical, like narcissism and humility, dress-up and nudity, black and white. All one. And that’s what makes the video honest — the fact that we used our vulnerability as our vanity. We worshiped our flaws and revered our imperfections.”
“Mr. Capgras” appears late in the Self-ish tracklist, which includes guest appearances by Alex Nauth of Foxy Shazam / The Skulx, as well as Matt Olsson of Frnkiero and the Cellabration playing drums on the entirety of the record. The album was produced by Kevin Antreassian of Backroom Studios and The Dillinger Escape Plan fame, and is due out in August.
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Biography: Will Wood and the Tapeworms are a five-piece experimental rock outfit based out of northern New Jersey, lead by singer/songwriter and pianist Will Wood, who appeared entirely out of nowhere some time in 2015. Armed with cleverly-crafted and surreal anti-folk songs, Wood assembled a group of performers and began crashing around New Jersey covered in face paint and confetti. Unusual instrumentation, foreign scales, and highly theatrical performances give Will Wood and the Tapeworms a unique and hard-to-define voice. Will Wood and the Tapeworms dress up in drag and bowties, barrel around the stage hollering at the top of their lungs, and unpredictably swing from collapsing to their knees to collapsing into each others arms. And while the Tapeworms pump up audiences, Will Wood entertains with shockingly honest comedy and personal anecdotes about his life as a true eccentric. They regularly perform on the NJ/NY indie scene and plan to begin national touring soon.