If you haven't heard ANR's latest record, Stay Kids, you are perhaps missing the Miami duo's finest hour. It features tighter production, catchier hooks, and a bit of the unfamiliar to create something that sounds Pitchfork-ready without falling into the chillwave trap. (Thank the indie gods!)
One of the album's highlights, "Big Problem," has recently received the music video treatment courtesy of Lucas Leyva and the Borscht Film Festival. Leyva, of course, was responsible for the semi-controversial video for Rachel Goodrich's "Lightbulb." And ANR's clip also delights in challenging comfort levels by presenting a perfect Miami take on the slasher movie trope. It's got everything: blood, sex, and drugs.
In addition to starring ANR's Michael John Hancock (as the "stoner") and Brian Robertson (as the "serial killer"), it also features cameos (correct us if we are wrong as the credits are not yet available) by local luminaries like Afrobeta's Cuci Amador and choreographer Rosie Herrera. We won't spoil the video, but it touches on such horror movie cliches as the mid-sex murder scene and your virginal heroine archetype.
However, our favorite part of the video has nothing to do with the imagery. We just can't get over the Halloween-like soundtrack intro.
Now the vid is mildly NSFW. The sex is suggested and the rest is somewhat gory. But nothing really all that bad.
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.