Canadian indie-poppers Stars have released a video for “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It,” off their latest LP, The North. Featuring dozens of drag queens, a unicorn mask, and a vintage Dinosaur Jr. t-shirt, the video documents the preparation and execution of an appropriately outrageous fashion show. Pairing the band’s quirky sense of pop composition with the stark black and white visuals, frontman Torquil Campbell and director George Vale have portrayed the culture with true humanism, letting honest emotion overcome rote generalizations. Plus, every model can dance and strut like a mofo.
I wanted to make a video that celebrated the following things: 1. Being yourself 2. Being someone else 3. Being fucking fabulous 4. Showing up, putting on your heels and staying alive. Drag queens know a couple of things the rest of us choose not to know: you are who you imagine yourself to be, and you can be a star even if, especially if, nobody ever knows who you really are. That’s the spirit of pop, and this is a video for a POP song that most people will never hear. So I thought it all went together like Sonny and Cher. Hope you all enjoy it.
Watch it below.
In continued support of The North, the band have announced new tour dates for the fall. Following slots at Ottawa Bluesfest and Osheaga Festival, the proper tour kicks off at Riot Fest Chicago and winds down on October 6th in Burlington, VT. Consult their full schedule below.
Stars 2013 Tour Dates:
07/04-14 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest
08/02-04 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
09/14 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
09/15 – Victoria, BC @ Rifflandia Festival
09/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
09/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
09/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
09/20 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
09/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
09/22 – Denver, CO @ Riot Fest Denver
09/24 – Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads
09/26 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
09/27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
09/28 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
09/29 – Itaca, NY @ The Haunt
09/30 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/02 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
10/04 – Ashbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
10/05 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
10/06 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground