Flavorwire Premiere: MOURN’s “Gertrudis, Get Through This!” Video Nods to Sonic Youth and The Breeders’ VHS Style


The Barcelona-bred teens who comprise promising punk band MOURN make no efforts to hide the influence that classic-era alternative has had on their music, and their latest video is no exception.

In the clip for “Gertrudis, Get Through This!” — which Flavorwire is pleased to premiere below — MOURN’s Jazz Rodríguez Bueno, Carla Pérez Vas, Antonio Postius, and Leia Rodríguez do what they do best: rip through the song live. Director Roger Guàrdia, who also helmed MOURN’s cinematic “Your Brain Is Made of Candy” video, captures the band’s performance via black-and-white, lo-fi-on-purpose footage meant to resemble the VHS aesthetic employed by MOURN’s ’90s influences. Cue the slow-mo close-ups of guitar solos!

“It reminds us of the video for ‘Kool Thing’ from Sonic Youth, also ‘Cannonball’ from The Breeders,” the band writes to us from on the road, a stretch that includes a performance at Pitchfork Festival this coming weekend. Indeed, both “Kool Thing” and “Cannonball” turned performance videos into stylized, VHS-inspired clips that feel awfully 120 Minutes these days. (Fun fact: both videos have a Kim Gordon constant, as she co-directed “Cannonball” with Spike Jonze. I imagine Gordon would dig MOURN too, as they mix her brand of endless cool-girlness with raw badassery.)

Released back in May as a three-song 7″ single, the melodic call-to-action “Gertrudis, Get Through This!” is just one of several new songs the band’s worked on since seeing their self-titled debut released stateside by Captured Tracks this past winter. They’re currently working on more.

And no, they don’t know any girl named Gertrudis, in case you were wondering. “When we sang ‘get through this’ the first time, it sounded like Gertrudis,” they mention.