Five Big Questions About Knuckle Puck’s ‘Evergreen’ Video
This week, Chicago pop-punk outfit Knuckle Puck unveiled their music video for "Evergreen," a fan favorite off last year's Copacetic. Directed by Miguel Barbosa, the continuously-shot clip follows a downtrodden woman's escape into a wooded glen — presumably a nod to the song's title — that just so happens to be a musical sanctuary of sorts. Well over a dozen television sets lay strewn about the forest, tethered to trees and sitting atop stumps, each of them broadcasting footage of the band performing the track as it plays (well, sort of), and generally goofing around. The experience proves uplifting, and at last, the woman raises her head high and strolls back out of the woods. Take that, depression.
Pretty open-and-shut, right? Think again. This ambitious clip is far more intriguing than it lets on, and I've got the list of queries — and the screenshots — to prove it.
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1. Could Knuckle Puck have uncovered the key to curing depression?
One of the reasons Knuckle Puck fans love "Evergreen" is because it expresses the often undecipherable woes of depression in powerful (if melodramatic) terms: "We won’t keep searching / We’re fucking helpless"; "We’re always climbing toward the sun / But the cabin pressure gets to me." Judging from the quickness with which our hoodie-wearing protagonist overcomes her demons, the band's therapy is pretty damn powerful — all you need is a quick lap around the stump, with a few pauses to look at the trees (but mostly the TVs). Someone do a clinical study; a lot of us could do without those Lexapro brain zaps.
2. Was anyone injured during the making this video?
I won't try to hide it: I'm a snooty journalist, not an inspector — and for the most part, Barbosa nails "Evergreen"'s continuous shot, which surely involved a lot of wires — but my God, it's a miracle that nobody fell flat on their face or caused a forest fire during the making of this video (at least, I hope). Just look at these safety hazards! At least we know where they got the electricity.
3. Did you seriously think we wouldn't see those MacBooks?
Because we totally did.
4. How did none of these TVs break?
5. Is this Knuckle Puck guitarist Nick Casasanto, or a hidden cameo from legendary axeman Eddie Van Halen?