Video Premiere: Gentlemen Rogues – ‘Involuntary Solitary’

Austin's Gentlemen Rogues pay homage to Kids In The Hall with video for "Involuntary Solitary"

Today, Austin’s Gentlemen Rogues share the official video from “Involuntary Solitary,” a track from their recent LP, Surface Noise. The album hit the streets February 16 via Double Helix Records and Shifting Sounds.

“‘Involuntary Solitary’ is a love letter,” vocalist Danny Dunlap says. “I’m a huge fan of The Smiths, and although the two songs sound nothing alike, I’ve always thought of ‘Involuntary Solitary’ as my version of ‘There Is a Light That Never Goes Out.’ It has that same desperate proclamation of love coming from the mouth of someone nearing their emotional breaking point. It similarly expresses how you would happily die, as long as it meant doing so alongside the object of your affection. Not unlike a Smiths song, there’s a fair amount of comedy in the lyrics, as well. In contrast to the morbidly romantic lyrics, ‘Involuntary Solitary’ is a very up-beat, and catchy song.

“We made the video for ‘Involuntary Solitary’ with our very talented friend, Andrew Leeper,” he adds. “The video is a visual love letter to Kids in the Hall, and was made to look like one of the classic intros to their TV show. An homage, I suppose? We also sprinkled in a few quick nods to some of the iconic characters and sketches from the show. Kids in the Hall were incredibly formative to my sense of humor when I was growing up. In fact, between the movies of the Zucker brothers — Airplane, Top Secret, The Naked Gun—and the sketch comedy of Kids in the Hall, I’d be hard pressed to name anything more influential in warping my mind towards  the kinds of things that I find funny. Andrew totally nailed the ’90s era Kids in the Hall vibe, and we love the way the video turned out. It’s instantly familiar, nostalgic and comforting.”

Gentlemen Rogues celebrate aggressive guitar pop anthems—bearing the influences of The Replacements, Superdrag, Jawbreaker, and similar visionaries—and have been gaining momentum and increased attention. Since their debut in 2011, the band  have honed their hooks over numerous singles, EPs, and the 2022 full-length collection, A History of Fatalism.

They hit the road again this March (dates below).

March 20 \\ Austin, TX
@ Mohawk w/ Kate Clover

March 21 \\ Las Cruces, NM
@ Eyeconik Records

March 22 \\ Phoenix, AZ
@ Time Out Lounge

March 23 \\ Los Angeles, CA
@ Permanent Records Roadhouse w/ The Pretty Flowers

March 24 \\ Long Beach, CA
@ 4th Street Vine w/ The Pretty Flowers + Sweet Nobody

March 25 \\ Pacifica, CA
@ Winters Tavern

March 26 \\ Portland, OR
@ No Fun Bar w/ The Upkeeps

March 27 \\ Seattle, WA
@ Belltown Yacht Club w/ The Drolls + The Subjunctives

March 28 \\ Springfield, OR
@ The Spot

March 29 \\ Reno, NV
@ TBA w/ The Pretty Flowers

March 30 \\ Las Vegas, NV
@ Red Dwarf w/ The Pretty Flowers

March 31 \\ Tucson, AZ
@ Thunder Canyon Brewery

Follow Gentlemen Rogues here.

Photo courtesy of Gentlemen Rogues

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