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Mastodon’s Brann Dailor Defends Twerk-Heavy ‘The Motherload’ Video From Sexist Allegations

Ladies and gentlemen, there’s just no escaping from the phenomenon known as twerking. Even Mastodon took a tongue-in-cheek approach to rippling glutes in their new video for ‘The Motherload.’ In a new interview with Mastodon drummer / vocalist Brann Dailor, the musician explains the concept behind the video and addresses the sexist criticism that videos featuring twerking receive.

From the band’s sixth studio album, ‘Once More ‘Round the Sun,’ Mastodon chose ‘The Motherload’ as the disc’s third official single. The ‘Motherload’ video is hysterical and extremely entertaining for many reasons, which Dailor addresses in an interview with Pitchfork.

“The only concept was we wanted to start off as a sort of parody of a ‘90s heavy metal video,” Dailor begins. “All those videos from the early ‘90s had that same look: some kind of esoteric imagery, sort of out of focus, something creepy or weird. Marilyn Manson, Metallica, Nirvana, they all had the same kind of look to their videos. We wanted to do that, and I guess I thought that maybe people would be concerned that it wasn’t very imaginative if it was some kind of sh—y ‘90s video. Then all of a sudden, twerking started happening, and it kind of went from there. I just wanted to make something that was bizarre—that would confuse people. I also thought to myself, what’s the most bizarre thing, or what’s something people would say completely does not belong in a Mastodon video? And the twerking was sort of what I came up with.”

Dailor also spoke about the importance of the female dancers feeling comfortable during the video shoot, “With the video itself, we wanted to make sure that the women that were there were in charge and that they were having fun. They made the video what it is. If it wasn’t for them and their talent and going out and doing flips and splits and just bringing it, it wouldn’t be great. All of them are forces of nature. It was amazing to meet them and amazing to watch them do their thing. There’s a scene where the garage door starts to open, and Khristine Moore, who plays the ‘queen,’ is there. It gives me chills when I watch that, she just looks so awesome.”

The Guardian recently pressed an article calling the video sexist, which Dailor admitted to being upset by. “I’m really upset,” begins Dailor. “I don’t know. The last thing that I wanted to do was come on and be defensive, because I don’t feel like I should have to defend it. It’s a music video and it’s really not supposed to be something that gets people this upset because this was really a fun thing that doesn’t really mean too much. It’s not to be taken so seriously.”

Check out the full interview over at Pitchfork. Also, Mastodon are once again set to hit the road with Gojira and Kvelertak after the trio’s highly successful string of dates earlier in the year. Check out the full list of dates here.

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