Of Muck and Murder: IAN SWEET’s ‘Slime Time Live’
Brooklyn power-pop trio IAN SWEET have shared a video for "Slime Time Live," off last year's Shapeshifter LP. Directed by Ryan Baxley, the clip pays homage to the Nickelodeon staple after which the song is titled, with a dark twist. Instead of a fun, carefree game show, we witness Jillian Medford suffering at the hands of a malicious maternal figure (portrayed, of course, by Medford's actual mom), who fixes her a heaping bowl of ooey, gooey slime (it looks like poison, but think about it — the main ingredient in that stuff is flour).
From there, things only get weirder: After a few pies to the face, Redford takes a slime bath and nods off. Is she dead by her mother's hand, or just in a state of mucus-colored bliss? The world may never know.
Watch below, and scroll down for Redford's comments to Brooklyn Vegan regarding the video, plus IAN SWEET's upcoming tour dates.
Shapeshifter is out now via Hardly Art. Get it here.
Redford on "Slime Time Live":
I have always dreamed about getting slimed / pied in the face … this video is an example that dreams really do come true … just maybe not quite as you’d expect.
Ryan Baxley, Danny Noguieras and Brandon Schwartzel created props out of unlikely materials for the Double Dare / pie in the face dream scene. That was personally my favorite scene. We did at least 10 pies to the face.
The video portrays a dream I had and how it abruptly becomes a deep, dark, twisted reality. My actual mom plays the super freaky role of my 'evil' mom trying to poison me with slime! She actually committed to her character so much that she ate the slime! We were all shocked! Shit tastes nasty. The last shot we did was me going under in a bathtub full of slime. As soon as I went under, I felt stripped of my senses, like I was in a sensory deprivation chamber because of how thick and dark the slime was. I still have freaky daydreams about it. But I highly recommend getting slimed at least once in your life.
IAN SWEET on TOUR
Jan. 7 — Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
Jan. 9 — Washington, DC @ DC9
Jan. 10 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe *
Jan. 11 — Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub *
Jan. 12 — Madison WI @ FRZN Fest at High Noon Saloon !
Jan. 13 — Chicago, IL @ Tomorrow Never Knows Festival at Schuba's &
Jan. 14 — Grand Rapids, MI @ Founders Brewing
Jan. 15 — Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery *
Jan. 18 — Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA *
* - w/ Acid Dad
& - w/ Foxtrott
! - w/ Big Thief