New Release & Video: Matt Sweeney & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Resist The Urge

Artwork Credit: Geoff McFetridge; Photo Credit: Ely Phillips

Matt Sweeney and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy have unveiled the single “Resist the Urge”, taken off the forthcoming Superwolves album. The video was made by legendary skateboarder Kevin “Spanky” Long and photographer/skateboarder Atiba Jefferson, and features Spanky skating through a Bonny-Sweeneyscape in his inimitable style.

“Spanky and Atiba’s video rules. We try to make the listener feel insanely at home in a musical space. Atiba and Spanky have made us feel like we own a share of the skateable world,” says Bonny (aka Will Oldham).

“Resist the Urge” was recorded at the Butcher Shoppe in Nashville by Sean Sullivan and David “Fergie” Ferguson. Sez Bonny: “We got David Ferguson out from behind the board to play double-bass on this one. It needed the lift that only a Ferg could deliver.” It should be noted that Matt Sweeney, Atiba Jefferson and David Ferguson share a birthday, making this visual/musical event astrologically undeniable.

Watch the video for “Resist the Urge” below…

Atiba states: “I always wanted to see a full video part with just one skater, and once I got asked to work on a video for this record, I knew that Kevin ‘Spanky’ Long was perfect – his way of cutting out, resizing, moving and manipulating photos and videos is amazing, but also he is an amazing pro skater. I asked a lot of Spanky: I wanted him to star, direct, edit, film and do all of the artwork! It was a tall ask but I know his love for Matt and Will would shine thru. This video was made in the pandemic so it was just me and him going out and shooting together. We shot around LA for 14 days over 4 months. It was great to work so closely with Spanky’s vision but still have him in front of the camera. This collaboration of directing together was great because we are 2 different generations of skateboarders, but both coming from the pro skater’s perspective.”

Kevin “Spanky” Long adds: “This was just a great excuse to make a skate video with a best friend for my favorite band. I ran the high def footage and super8 film into my iPhone where I painstakingly cut frame-by-frame, with relatively low-fi digital tools, to execute the stop-motion animation and digital collage elements. It was, in the end, the only way to achieve this look we were after. And we weaved in the layers of sea and sky to meet the big themes in ‘Resist the Urge.’ COVID restrictions made things tricky to get Matt and Will in there, but we revel in limitations.”

“Resist The Urge” leads into Friday’s release of Sweeney and Bonnie’s album, Superwolves, via Domino (physical release is June 18th). Spanky and Atiba’s video continues the Superwolves process of Sweeney and Bonnie working with visual artists they know and love – the album’s previous three videos were directed by Geoff McFetridge, Jonah Freeman + Justin Lowe, and Sai Selvarajan, respectively.


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