"I'm not saying I want to go to hell, I get hot enough in the sun. But if Jesus is against all the things I love, heaven can't be no fun. I'll take my chances on this one" Kat Myers sings in the chorus of her latest single, "The Things I Love." To question the status quo, to refuse to go along with something because you're told to, that's a fundamental part of what artists do in our society to help us make sense of what we learn.
Kat Myers knows that well. Fed up and feeling stuck, she quit her job and her long-term relationship, moved back home, and decided to travel, eager to confirm there was more to life than what she knew. Eventually, she found a home in music, and is now releasing her first album, Owe Everybody Money, with her band the Buzzards. They're a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll with a lot of heart, and today we're premiering their video for "The Things I Love," a steady rock song about refusing to give up earthly pleasures just because some dude in the sky might think they're wrong."I recall being in Catholic school in the second grade and going to my first confession," Myers said of the inspiration behind the song. "There were 6 and 7-year-old kids crying and passing out, terrified about going into a tiny room with a priest to tell him their sins. When it was my turn, I went in and I couldn't remember anything I was planning to confess, so I just made up some generic sins. When I was given my penance, I walked out and I was like, 'Oh my God, I just lied to a fucking priest! Now I'm really going to hell.' And the guilt began. As I got a bit older I would think to myself, 'Why would this ever-loving God threaten me with the potential of burning in hell? I wouldn't even wish that on my worst enemy.' I suppose that is the origin of the song 'The Things I Love.'"The video, which combines 50-year-old footage of Venice Beach shot on Super 8 film with footage of the band, was made in collaboration with Oliver Bell, son of the sculptor Larry Bell. In it, shots of Myers sitting roadside are inter-stitched with women dancing freely on a beach and generally living the happy, care-free life we have always wanted. It's on Owe Everybody Money, which is out Nov. 17. Check it out above.