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Gasp - The Foe

Cribbed and slightly edited from QC Nerve:

Any interaction with former Charlotte Mayor, former North Carolina Governor, current radio host and longtime shithead Pat McCrory is bound to have negative effects on someone, but a seemingly benign run-in with the disgraced Republican has resulted in a kickass song from Rock Hill art punk rockers Gasp more than 10 years later.

“The Foe” was inspired by a time in 2008 when Josiah Blevins was stopped at a red light while riding his bike through Uptown Charlotte and felt the gaze of a man standing on the sidewalk, only to turn and see McCrory glaring at him. In that moment, Blevins felt a visceral judgment being passed.

“I had never crossed paths with the mayor, but feeling judged by him in an instant led me to feel like we were natural enemies,” Blevins recalls. “The light turned green and I rode away, but I always remembered that feeling of crossing paths with someone powerful and their disdain.”

The video depicts an outdoor search for a cassette tape over the grounds of a spooky house by blindfolded members of the band and others, before an interlude, during which the video crosses the veil into a world with blatant tie-ins to the Black Lodge from the popular TV show Twin Peaks.

  • Josiah Blevins
  • Alex Lacey
    Deer Lover
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    124 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director - Josiah Blevins, Alex Lacey