Brooklyn’s Fake Dad might be making music in a tiny studio apartment but the ideas they are coming up with for sounds and visuals are anything but small. The experimental duo has a sound all their own and all they want to do is let us all know that everything is going to be alright.
“Sometimes in the middle of the night, we awake in a fragmented state of consciousness, stuck between dreams and the waking world, and unsure of which is which. A couple of years ago, I started experiencing this routinely. I usually have vivid dreams, and during these periods of constant ‘false awakenings,’ it became more difficult to decipher the events of dreams from real life. Did I really get a glass of water? Did I really have a fight with this person? That disoriented, anxious feeling was what inspired the lyrics and story of “What’s Wrong?” It is ultimately a conversation with the subconscious in an effort to wake yourself up and come back to reality even though you’re not entirely sure you will or you can,” said Andrea De Verona of Fake Dad.
The video for “What’s Wrong? Pt. II” is a weird one indeed where Fake Dad’s do their best to convey that feeling of false awakenings and not being sure if you’re awake or asleep. The duo was truly impressive in the simplistic yet ingenious way they relayed that feeling to the audience.
“This brings us to the Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride—an attraction inspired by (but legally unaffiliated with) Jurassic Park. 15 hours outside of New York, in a strip mall in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, stands a towering, windowless monolith. Inside, a fiberglass boat sweeps explorers into a sprawling odyssey through a dense jungle full of animatronic, borderline surrealist prehistoric creatures and an ear-splitting soundscape. It’s overwrought and gaudy; it doesn’t feel like it should exist, and yet there’s an arresting beauty to the whole experience. It embodied the deep sense of disorientation, discomfort, and “where the fuck am I?” by which the song was inspired. We could never have shot the video anywhere else,” said De Verona.
The viewer is taken on a psychedelic trip through the Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride while De Verona sings you through the experience, while. Josh Ford looks utterly mesmerized as they ride through the attraction and in the end, it really does provide that feeling that Fake Dad was going for all along.