San Anto Throwback Thursday: Lung Overcoat's "Past Lives"
By Matt Stieb
on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 12:39 PM
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The cover of Lung Overcoat's '86 EP Climbing Up The Hill
The pathetic fallacy refers to the human desire to give weather or places meaning according to a current state of emotion. I.E. if you get laid and the birds are chirping, bees are buzzing and the taco truck is open. Or, for SA post-punkers Lung Overcoat, it's ascribing your gloom to a grand, abandoned building.
The video for Lung Overcoat's "Past Lives" begins with a vaguely Lynchian opening screen before cutting to frontman Chris Smart and company posting up in their dilapidated palace. With a spire of unruly hair, Smart sings in a baritone, his slurred lyrics courtesy of an unmoving jaw. Between the teenagers creeping around in rubble, fright-night keyboards and the found footage quality of the Super 8, "Past Lives" maintains a certain Halloween vibe. But the most hair-raising part of the '84 effort is the loop on Smart's lyrics, repeating "are here" into the empty walls of their mausoleum.