Sign up for our mailing list Real artists creating records on their own terms
Close

Sign up for our mailing list

News

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

William Elliott Whitmore Debuts New Video

“Deep within that haunting, old-fashioned sound is the spirit of a plugged-in punk rocker, eager and ready to make some noise.” writes American Songwriter of the fiery singer-songwriter William Elliott Whitmore and his album Radium Death.

Country Weekly is premiering a new video for the track “Civilizations” of which Whitmore says, “This song is for everyday folks trying to get along in an increasingly chaotic world. Societies crumble, but people persevere. “

Watch the new video for "Civilizations" at Country Weekly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyayF19c3U4

The accompanying video took several months to create and delivers an artfully animated performance of the song by Whitmore set within an evocative sepia tone world and written images of the song’s lyrics. The clip was co directed by Joel Anderson and animator Matt Scharenbroich. The initial inspiration came from Anderson, who after watching Whitmore perform the song live, took note of how the lyrics conjured images of the rise and fall of humanity and history repeating itself. Whitmore also gives much credit to Scharenbroich for driving this video home with his very impressive animation skills.

Whitmore will be performing at the celebrated "Stagecoach Festival" in Indio California on April 29th and May 1st of 2016.

While previous recordings featured the troubadour’s powerful voice accompanied by just a banjo or acoustic guitar and the occasional foot stomp, Radium Death finds Whitmore backed by a full band on most tracks. “I purposefully went into it wanting to make a little bit of a departure, sonically, using an electric guitar a little bit more and adding more instrumentation, more full-band type stuff,” he says.

Raised on a farm in Iowa and inspired early on by the insurgent sounds of The Jesus Lizard, Bad Brains and Minutemen, Whitmore sketched out the songs of Radium Death between feeding animals and tending crops. Every week he would travel to his cousin’s studio where they would record the tracks, much of the time with additional musicians playing along. As a result songs hum with an exigent electricity—whether amplified or not. They also present a cohesive look into the recurring Whitmore themes of respect, protection, sustenance and survival.

Browse by Artist

1711All Artists 97Tom Waits 70Mavis Staples 57Neko Case 51Lost In The Trees 50Sean Rowe 48Dr. Dog 44The Milk Carton Kids
41Jolie Holland 40Bettye LaVette 37Man Man 35Tinariwen 33Tim Fite 33DeVotchKa 31Islands 31Grinderman 31Son Little 27Galactic 27Wilco 27Saintseneca 24Michael Franti and Spe... 23Glen Hansard 22Bob Mould 22William Elliott Whitmo... 22Doe Paoro 21Nick Cave & The Bad Se... 21The Frames 20Joe Henry 20Christopher Paul Stell... 19Booker T. Jones 19Sage Francis 18Deafheaven 17John K. Samson 17Yann Tiersen 16Ramblin Jack Elliott 16Jason Lytle 16Andy Shauf 15Xenia Rubinos 15Prism Tats 15Delicate Steve 14Daniel Lanois 14The Drums 13Billy Bragg 13The Dream Syndicate 12Xavier Rudd 12Cass McCombs 12Peter Silberman 11The Weakerthans 11Lyrics Born 11Rain Machine 11Mose Allison 11Roky Erickson 11The Antlers 11Calexico 11Ryan Pollie 10The Swell Season 10The Melodic 10So Much Light 10Jade Jackson 9Marianne Faithfull 9N.A.S.A. 9Cameron Avery 8Solillaquists of Sound 8Greg Graffin 8Cadence Weapon 8The Coup 7Elliott Smith 7Eddie Izzard 7Dead Man's Bones 7Alec Ounsworth 7Beth Orton 7Kelly Hogan 7Title Fight 7Ben Harper and Charlie... 7Richard Reed Parry 6A Girl Called Eddy 6Busdriver 6Os Mutantes 6Kate Bush 6Broken Twin 6Japandroids 6Girlpool 6Yves Jarvis 6Rafiq Bhatia 6Boy Scouts 5One Day As A Lion 5The Field 5Keaton Henson 5Beat Connection 5Foxwarren 5Combo Chimbita 5Darrin Bradbury 5Jeremy Ivey 4Ersi Arvizu 4Marketa Irglova 4Pops Staples 4Curtis Harding 4Wynonna 4Purr 3Danny Cohen 3Sierra Leones Refugee... 3Petra Haden 3Walter Wolfman Washing... 3Lido Pimienta 3Mothers 3Marc Ribot 3The Good Ones 3Deradoorian 2Various Artists: RANGO 2Jeff Tweedy 2Glitterer 2Ben Harper 2Josiah Johnson 2Christian Lee Hutson 1Tricky 1Joe Strummer And The M... 1Youth Group 1Blackalicious 1Antibalas 1Porter Wagoner 1Various Artists: ROGUE... 1The Locust 1Rogue's Gallery 1Kronos Quartet with Br... 1Simian Mobile Disco 1case/lang/veirs 1Merle Haggard 1M. Ward 1Half Waif 1Hey, King! 1ANTI- Records
See Full List+