Ladies, imagine this: Some douchebag douches out on you, and instead of having to sit there, cry, and deal with it, you instead get to put on some hot Spandex, take the douche into a professional wrestling ring, and beat the shit out of him while a screaming crowd cheers you on.
That's how Portland photographer and director Alicia J. Rose pictures things going down--at least in her brand-new video for Menomena's "Taos."
In the clip, a scrawny womanizer (played by Tu Fawning's Joe Haege, who's also recently begun playing with Menomena) with a brawny alter ego (played by Menomena's Justin Harris) seduces a bunch of women and then gets demolished by each of them in a wrestling ring. It's a clip only a woman could have dreamed up and executed with such aplomb.
OPBmusic did an interview with Rose, who said that the wrestling metaphor goes in a couple directions:
"The video works on so many levels," says Rose. On the most basic level, it's the song's story of a man who has a sexual kink and is searching for partner after partner who will hopefully have similar preferences (for which the wrestling is a fairly thin-veiled metaphor). But the use of wrestling also speaks to the band's internal struggles which made the newspapers last summer, and most recently resulted in keyboardist Brent Knopf's departure to focus on his own band, Ramona Falls. Rose describes the band as a "three-headed hydra" who can afford to lose one head, and both applauds Harris' and drummer Danny Seim's decision to continue the band as well as supports Knopf's new direction. "They're fighters, but they're reluctant winners. They didn't necessarily want to win the battle, but they did anyway. They didn't even know it was a battle until they were in it."