The great Mastodon finally revealed their video for “The Motherload” on Monday, and it’s received a mixed response from fans everywhere. Some loved it, and some like myself, just think they could have done a lot better. Dom Lawson wrote a piece for The Guardian titled “Rock bottom: why Mastodon’s misogynistic new video misfires,” and it’s a great read, but others disagree. While you may not agree with it, I side with Dom on this. The video, while trying to be funny, just came out bad in every way possible. For one of the best songs on the record, I was expecting more, and for once in my life, I can’t stand behind Mastodon on this one. They’ve done funny right before, and this just wasn’t it. That’s just my opinion though, and who the hell really cares what I think, but what does Brann Dailor feel about the “sexist” comments?
He spoke to Pitchfork about the response last night, and here’s what he said: “The last thing that I wanted to do was come on and be defensive, because I don’t feel like I should have to defend it. It’s a music video and it’s really not supposed to be something that gets people this upset because this was really a fun thing that doesn’t really mean too much. It’s not to be taken so seriously. I don’t know, I just don’t see the sexism in it. I know there’s half-naked women that are shaking their butts. For some people it’s titillating, but for me it just looked amazing. I thought the girls were awesome and talented, and I thought it was amazing to watch. I love when it turns into that kaleidoscope effect thing; it brings the video to a whole new level. But it’s gotten people talking obviously, you know. I figured that would happen, you know what I mean. I knew there was going to be some negativity. But we do that; we’re that kind of band. It hadn’t been done before, and we were kind of looking for something that hadn’t been done before because it’s hard to come by these days. We weren’t trying to make fun of hip-hop videos. It was a fine line, because I didn’t want it to come off being sexist, so I thought that maybe the females took centre stage and looked powerful and had this dance battle. I don’t feel like what we were trying to do was jump on any twerking bandwagon,” he added. “We just wanted to put something into our music video that people would probably think, ‘That shouldn’t be there,’ or, ‘Those two things don’t go together, they shouldn’t be together.’ I wanted to just put them together because we can.”
What do you think? Watch it again below, and let me know your thoughts!
Tags: 2014 Mastodon Sexism The Motherload Video