Music Video: Ramonda Hammer, “Destroyers”

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Music video for Ramonda Hammer’s title track off of their new EP, “Destroyers.”

by Daniel Barron



LA grunge band Ramonda Hammer might be having their best month ever. Their newest release, the Destroyers EP, dropped at the beginning of the month from New Professor, garnering effusive acclaim from a little mag called Rolling Stone. This was soon followed by a kickass cover release of their David Bowie-by-way-of-Nirvana take on “The Man Who Sold The World.” They’ve played shows at Echo Park Rising and their first at DTLA’s Teragram Ballroom, alongside Potty Mouth and Colleen Green. Finally, TIDAL premiered the music video for title track off of their EP, which we previously featured in our Trax series and you can now watch below. Our Chris Camargo was there for the shoot and we’ve provided some of his behind-the-scenes captures.

And now some words from the talent involved…

Writes vocalist/guitarist Devin Davis:
We wanted the video to reflect the various degrees of destruction in human relationships and the ways people react to such situations. Andy [Hengl] had this idea to use masculine romance and power struggle to reflect this. He immediately thought of bringing Matt Anderson on board, a friend he went to Chapman film school with, because of Matt’s unique talent and his interest in queer art. After I saw Matt’s video for Miya Folick’s “Oceans”, I knew he would be able to make something visually captivating, not only in the sense of showing what a song means to an artist, but giving an audience depth of perception about a song. So we let him run with whatever! I think that the video is strange and beautiful, and I can’t wait to share it with the world!
Writes director Matthew Anderson:
I was stoked when Andy told me that he wanted me to direct a video for Ramonda Hammer about the destruction of a relationship between two guys. I’m really inspired by the imagery of James Bidgood, the queer punk of Derek Jarman, and surreal stylization of Fellini’s Satyricon and I thought that marrying this kind of landscape with some ’90’s grunge feels (because Ramonda Hammer) would be a prime space for exploration. When I shared the concept with Devin and Andy, they were totally on board and gave me all of the freedom to create this video. I’m super proud of the energies and enthusiasm that the band, cast, and crew poured into making this happen.



Purchase the Destroyers EP: Bandcamp, iTunes

Stream the Destroyers EP: Soundcloud, Spotify





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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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