Methyl Ethel Swap Faces & Get Heartbroken By Haircuts In “Ubu”

Makes sense…kind of.

Photo: Methyl Ethel - Ubu YouTube

Photo: Methyl Ethel – Ubu YouTube

Aussie indie pop, Methyl Ethel, masters the art of bizarredry in the most monochromatic fashion in their new video “Ubu”* where we see the members get face-swaps, wear only white, and look as confused as we are. Whether you want to interpret this as a metaphorical, in-depth song that satirizes our tendency to over-complicate everything or simply a feel-good, nonsense song, you have to give them credit for their stickiness. The “Why did you have to cut your hair?” chorus lingers for hours even after the song ends and keeps on playing sporadically like a virus living in your system. The solution to flush it out is by playing it more:

Methyl Ethel started out back in 2013 as a home recording project that quickly became one of the most in-demand indie pop artists of Australia. They have sold out various headline shows, performed at festivals, and toured internationally. “Ubu” is from their upcoming record Everything Is Forgotten, which will be out on March 3rd. They have show dates coming up:

Australia 2017 tour

2/18 – Inner Courtyard, Fremantle Arts Centre (Fremantle, WA, Australia)

2/23 – Howler (Brunswick, VIC, Australia)

2/24 – Newtown Social Club (Newtown, NSW, Australia)

4/28 – Groovin the Moo 2017 (Wayville, SA, Australia)

4/29 – Groovin the Moo 2017 (Maitland, NSW, Australia)

4/30 – Groovin the Moo 2017 (Townsville, QLD, Australia)

5/6 – Groovin the Moo 2017 (Bendigo, VIC, Australia)

5/7 – Groovin the Moo 2017 (Canberra, ACT, Australia)

5/13 – Groovin the Moo 2017 (Bunbury, WA, Australia)

Europe 2017 tour

3/1 – Oslo Hackney (London, UK)

3/2 – Brudenell Social Club (Leeds, UK)

3/3 – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (Glasgow, UK)

3/4 – The Deaf Institute (Manchester, UK)

3/5 – The Bodega Social Club (Nottingham, UK)

3/7 – The Green Door Store (Brighton, UK)

3/9 – Badaboum (Paris, France)

3/11 – TRIX Centrum voor Muziek (Borgerhout, Belgium)

3/12 – Paradiso (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

3/13 – Molotow (Hamburg, Germany)

3/14 – Kantine am Berghain (Berlin, Germany)

3/16 – Stengade (Copenhagen, Denmark)

6/3 – Field Day (London, UK)

North America 2017 tour

3/29 – Soda Bar (San Diego, CA, USA)

3/31 – Bootleg Theater (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

4/1 – Swedish American Hall (San Francisco, CA, USA)

4/3 – Doug Fir Lounge (Portland, OR, USA)

4/4 – Bardoza (Seattle, WA, USA)

4/5 – The Cobalt (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

4/7 – Neurolux (Boise, ID, USA)

4/8 – Kilby Court (Salt Lake City, UT, USA)

4/9 – Lost Lake Lounge (Denver, CO, USA)

4/10 – Downtown Artery (Fort Collins, CO, USA)

4/12 – First Avenue and 7th St Entry (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

4/13 – The Empty Bottle (Chicago, IL, USA)

4/15 – The Garrison (Toronto, ON, Canada)

4/18 – Great Scott (Allston, MA, USA)

4/20 – Baby’s All Right (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

4/21 – Boot & Saddle (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

4/22 – DC9 Nightclub (Washington, DC, USA)

*Ubu is a nonsense word that derives from the French pronunciation of the name Herbert. There is also a play by Alfred Jarry called Ubu Roi (King Ubu) which was performed in Paris back in 1896. The play is known for being the segway to modernism by bending cultural norms, conventions, and all the boring oppressed shit around that time. Kudos to Jarry.