London band Is Tropical have the best music videos of any band today, hands down. They also make really great music, but that’s besides the point. I used to share a home with these three musical scumbags–Simon Milner, Gary Barber and Dom Apa–back when we were all grungy slobs living in squats around London. Little did I know that one day these three lovely lads would grow up to be indie celebrities. I’m so proud. Also, note Simon rocking a Slutever vaj T-shirt in the photo above #represent. (And no, I don’t have anymore, but I’m making a new T-shirt very soon.)
But 4real, Is Tropical’s music videos are in a different league than those of their peers. I’ve made playlist (videolist?) of most of them below, in order to make life easier for you. The band’s latest vid was directed by the ever-controversial cult photographer Richard Kern. There’s lots of boobs in it–it’s a Kern shoot, what did we expect?–and a few butts as well. The song is “Lover’s Cave,” and it’s off their (semi) recently released album I’m Leaving, on Kitsune. See below:
The next vid is for “Dancing Anymore,” my favorite song off the new album. I listen to it on repeat when I’m jogging, which I guess means it makes me feel inspired. The video was directed by Megaforce, and it was banned from Youtube for being “too sexy” (literally), which earned Is Tropical some serious internet street cred. Also, the teenage boy in the vid is so beautiful I could die.
The next video is for the song “Lies,” from the band’s first album, Native To. It was directed by the photographer Jonathan Leder, who I love, and it stars the amazing and hot model/Playboy playmate Brittany Nola. This song is also great. Uh… it’s hard to describe songs. What’s that saying?–“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” Although to be fair, dancing about architecture doesn’t sound all that bad. (#avant-garde)
And lastly, this is a video for “The Greeks,” one of Is Tropical’s first singles. It went mega viral back when it was released because everyone thought it was really progressive and controversial and culturally relevant and politically whatever. It has lots of guns in it. (Guns are bad though, IRL.)
P.S. If you’re not bored with Is Tropical yet–how could you be? their hair is glorious–then you should check out this two part VICE documentary about them. Basically VICE sent the band to Mongolia–which is funny already, because like where even is that?–and then filmed everything that happened. Apparently the trip made Is Tropical the first Western band to ever play in Mongolia, which I suppose means it must be pretty far away.