DOROTHY, the LA-based four piece named after frontwoman Dorothy Martin, makes the kind of music that you want playing as the soundtrack during your most dramatic, cinematic break-ups so that your exes remember you as intimidating and effortlessly cool. The band's no-nonsense, badass brand extends to everything from their Twitter handle (@itsdorothysucka), to their (vegan) leather and fur sartorial choices.
And yet, their work is undeniably tinged with humor. They tweet that they are, "Not associated w sad goth wannabes", they start food fights at family dinners in their music videos, and Martin regularly satirically FacebookLive streams her life on tour, saying, "MTV cribs is amazing because you have these beautiful homes and these A-list celebrities showing you around their home. Nobody knows who I am. [So] I show [fans] around my bandwagon, which is a box truck on wheels, and it smells like stinky shoes, and the air conditioning is dripping, and it's not glamorous at all, and I do a mock MTV cribs."
Though it seems impossible for Martin's powerhouse vocals to take a backseat, the band's newest video for "Dark Nights"captivates the viewer first and foremost with this sense of witty, self-reflexive humor articulated via rolling captions on the bottom of the screen. Directed by Chris Marrs Piliero, who has previously worked with artists such as Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, and The Black Keys, "Dark Nights"not only outlines Dorothy's Nutella-fueled (technically referred to as a "name brand chocolate hazelnut spread") antics, but also taunts the viewer to see if they caught spelling errors and for continuing to watch even after the song ends. It features band members Dorothy Martin, DJ Black, Gregg Cash, and Dylan Howard, as well as Martin's friends Jeff Hilliard and Efren Ramirez, who played Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite.
Martin says of working with director Piliero,
"The reason I chose him is because he won an MTV music video award for The Black Keys and when I watched his videos, I was dying laughing, and I was like you know what? Laughter is the best medicine. I really want to make our fans laugh. I love the hero shot where you're performing and you look like a superhero, and there's nothing wrong with that, it's just that I'd rather laugh with my friends. I'd rather not take myself that seriously just yet."
Check out the video below, via TIDAL:
DOROTHY OCTOBER 2016 TOUR DATES
10/06 - Gas Monkey Live - Dallas, TX ^
10/08 - Pikes Peak Center - Colorado Springs, CO
10/09 - The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
10/11 - The Marquee - Tempe, AZ
10/12 - House Of Blues - San Diego, CA^
10/14 - Silver Legacy Resort & Casino - Reno, NV^
10/15 - Ace Of Spades - Sacramento, CA^
10/17 - Knitting Factory Concert House - Spokane, WA^
10/18 - MacEwan Ballroom, University of Calgary - Calgary, Canada^