I’m fairly sure if Death On Two Wheels have a spirit animal it somehow involves a motorcycle, which I promise is far less inane than it sounds, especially if you take the time to watch this video. Shot live at Daytona Bike Week inside the infamous Wall of Death, “Look at the Sound” summons all the grit, grime and four-on-the-floor (two-on-the-floor?) fury that makes that band’s grungy Southern rock so appealing.
Gunpowder Gray’s vampire-themed “Saints” arrived just in time for Halloween, unleashing a wicked trail of campy violence and horror that’s as devilishly fun as it is bloody. The band’s eighties-indebted hard rock approach isn’t afraid to make a spectacle of itself and to keep pace director Video Rahim gives you all the crazed excess you can handle.
I can’t say if there is any redeeming artistic value to Zoners’ absurdist “X2Vision” video, but—holy shit—everyone in this video looks like they’re having a blast and it just makes me want to crack some beers, put on a fucked-up mask and crank this to 11. Which is sort of the point, I guess. If you want to try and connect the dots between a skateboarding dog, fireworks, fake blood, masks, guns and other crazy shit, have at it. Me? I’ll just enjoy the party.
Video Rahim has topped this list two years running and 2014 saw him come up huge claiming three of this year’s top spots. That’s 30%, people! Once again he saved his best work for Biters, turning the band’s classic glam grooves and riffs into the soundtrack for an electrifying celebration of the sex, drugs and rock and roll fantasy the group embodies so effortlessly. In lesser hands, this would all come off as shallow and self-destructive, but Video Rahim ably taps into Biters’ natural humor and charm and uses them to turn out a video that’s wild, yes, but it’s also one with heart.
It was a powerful year for Raury. Not only did his debut LP, Indigo Child, make considerable waves, the young phenom also earned the cover of Creative Loafing’s annual Music Issue, opened for Outkast at ATLast, was co-signed by Yeezy, and made who knows how many Artist to Watch lists for 2015. And the indisputable springboard to all that success was director Andrew Dohono’s video for “God’s Whisper,” an enthralling bit of aspirational filmmaking that managed to capture the spirit of Raury’s change-the-world idealism without coming off as preachy or self-serving. If you want to see and hear the sound of what’s next in Atlanta, start here.