New York City-based art punk band Tea Eater, fronted by Tarra Thiessen of Gustaf and Sharkmuffin, have unleashed the video for their brand new single “Double“.
The track came out of the jaws of lockdown and is the first taste of their forthcoming LP ‘Obsession‘, due to be released on October 6, produced and mixed by Drew Vandenburg (Bambara/Faye Webster/Of Montreal). Get it here.
Following a cross-country drive from LA to Lake Placid with members of Gustaf in March 2020, Thiessen submerged herself in meditation, Twin Peaks: The Return, and the expected existential crisis. As a result, Double is a song with plenty of 90s chord terror, girl group harmonies, and just enough surf rock shredding to tempt Tarantino to stick it in his next soundtrack.
The video, directed, shot & edited by Gustaf’s Tine Hill, returns the band to Lake Placid with a decidedly Lynchian premise: Thiessen on a mission to kill her doppelganger. Written in the moments when social media became the town square, Thiessen thought on personas—or doubles—we create for ourselves, and, you know, the importance of not taking yourself too seriously.
“These versions of ourselves tend to make us get in our own way,” Thiessen says. “By shedding our doubles and integrating the icky parts back into ourselves we’re able to become more whole and present people.”
Photo credit: Michelle LoBianco