Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Video: Peoples Temple of America - 'Mark Gonzales (I Can't Ride)'

By Gene Wagendorf III

Apparently there is one man in Chicago you need to see if you're looking to cut a video for your summer jam that features skateboarders goofballing around the city. That man is Ryan Ohm, who you may remember as the director of Twin Peaks' weed-fueled video for 2012's "Stand in the Sand." Well, Mr. Ohm is back at it again, this time providing visuals for the skate punks in Peoples Temple of America.

"Mark Gonzalez (I Can't Ride)" is the first track to drop from the group's forthcoming EP, and it's a glorious track to spin during these last few warm days of the year. The song's fuzzy momentum eventually hits a radiant stride that feels as whimsical and reckless as the video looks. Drummer Trent Bozeman pushes the fracas forward, providing a clearly marked path for Ben Leach's guitar to wail across. Unlike some of the kids in the video, PTA doesn't stumble here, not even for a second. Odds are the band won't be stumbling on Wednesday night either (read: segue) when they hit the stage at the Empty Bottle. PTA plays with fellow Chicagoans Son of Rams and Houston's The Tontons. The show starts at 9 p.m. and is only $8. Check out the video for "Mark Gonzalez" below (and download the song for free here!) and then buy your damn ticket.

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