Original Film Title: Bang
Director’s Name: Nastasia Dusapin
Writer’s Name: Jane Machine
Country of Origin: USA
Country of Filming: USA
Runtime: 2 minutes 58 seconds
Jane Machine’s “Bang” is a rambunctious and catchy ode to eros made flesh by its synth-driven bop of a track and infectiously playful video directed by Nastasia Dusapin. Erica von Trapp, producer and songwriter for Jane Machine, conceived the music after hearing the whole composition in a dream — a dream erotic in nature, but fractured, glitchy and shadowed. “Bang” found its visual soulmate through Nastasia Dusapin, Erica’s friend and collaborator. She loved the track, and visualized a “we film ourselves” concept celebrating sensuality and the preparation for it — an incantation. A private pre-game for, well, banging.
If the song is an invitation for eros, the video is a celebration of it. The camcordered three-minute journey explores three women’s rituals as they get ready for debauchery, fraught with a vulnerability that only comes from lack of outside observation. The music video, while puckishly playful, divulges a maturity in not only its objects, motion, and characters, but also in its editing and choice of medium. It’s that good kind of understated, and it marries with the song perfectly. Its sexuality is very much up to Jane and on her terms. Spontaneous but with intention.
An eleventh hour addition, “Bang” is the first song off of Jane Machine’s upcoming 11-track LP “shshshsh”. Tracks off of the pre-releases in EP or single form have already been licensed in VICE’s Showtime. The music video has been featured on several blogs and online magazines.