Jesse Malin has shared the video for ‘Room 13’, the lead track from his Lucinda Williams-produced new album ‘Sunset Kids’, which is due out August 30th via Wicked Cool Records/Velvet Elk.
The ‘Room 13′ video – premiered by Billboard.com – was directed by Dito Montiel, a friend from the punk rock scene turned filmmaker. The clip pays homage to some of Malin’s favourite movies like Midnight Cowboy and Paris, Texas, whilst also nodding to his habit of booking himself into hotels to do some songwriting in isolation. The video features cameos from friends such as Malin’s D Generation bandmate Howie Pyro, the Dickies’ Leonard Graves Phillips and more.
“It was just a great time to make a video in there with (Montiel) and his eye,” says Malin.”Hotels are a place I sometimes go to write in to get that blank canvas feeling. It’s just this empty space. We’re in such a world with distractions, your phone and computer and all the social media. Sometimes if you get far away, in another time zone, you’re in a place where you’re forced to deal with yourself, thinking about that matters in life, who you care about, what really sticks when there isn’t as much noise to deal with. That’s what I’m getting at there.”