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"State of Mine" - Sebadoh [Official Music Video]

Evan Petersen

by Evan Petersen

Published January 29, 2014

Sebadoh have just released the official video for "State of Mine," a cut from Defend Yourself, which was released last September. The Lou Barlow-fronted band reunited last year after having released nothing since 1999.

It's unsurprising, then, that Barlow's writing has evolved to deal with the struggles of growing older. The Geoff Hoskinson-directed clip confronts the American existential crisis head on, bringing to life the clash with cookie-cutter suburbia, while the song's wistful and introspective lyrics examine failure and parenthood. "Failure is a state of mine," he sings during the chorus. It's an honest look at what it means to get older, and speaks volumes about Barlow's maturation as a songwriter.

Speaking to NPR about the video, director Geoff Hoskinson had this to say:

"The main idea for the video was to visualize the archetypal family man in a disjointed reality. I wanted to juxtapose images of the archetype with images of various landscapes to play off of the lyrical pun of being in different 'states.' A lot of the images are visual metaphors that are inspired by the lyrics."

Defend Yourself is available now through Joyful Noise Recordings. For more news, music, videos, and tour dates, check out Sebadoh's Zumic artist page.

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Source: NPR First Watch

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