Life imitates art in Short For Arthur’s latest single and video Hanging Paintings — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
“This track is about how there’s more to life than meets the eye,” explains frontman Jordan Best of the aptly named Moncton psychedelic blues-rockers. “When we choose to take a deeper look at things, we can find beauty and meaning — or “art” — in anything.”
Adds bassist Sean Bampton: “We are all walking sculptures. Everything around us is a painting, and every sound is music. Each of us are living our own story and, together, we’re living one giant collective one. Our mind is the paint brush and our life is the canvas.”
The music video for Hanging Paintings entertainingly illustrates the metaphor. “We took the concept and implied it further by bringing famous paintings to life,” guitarist Dylan Bingham offers. “First we see the main character waking up to Salvador Dali’s melting alarm clock before, on his way to work, he’s stunned to see Grant Wood’s American Gothic couple staring at him as he drives by. He then proceeds to go to a coffee shop and is served his espresso by none other than DaVinci’s Mona Lisa herself!”
Drummer Steven Dufour continues: “He rushes home and walks in, only to find his friends playing poker,” “But they’ve been transformed into dogs as in Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s Dogs Playing Poker. At this point he figures if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”