If you're a woman in a big city—or anywhere, really—sometimes just walking to work can be a trying experience. Cat calls, entreaties to smile, or just too-long stares are among the typical fare a gal might have to navigate on any given day, to say nothing of what many of them, like bartenders and servers, have to deal with once they get there.
That's the story indie filmmaker Stephen Cone (The Wise Kids) set out to tell when he teamed up with Chicago synth-rock outfit Sexy Fights to make a video for "Bending Light," the first single off of their forthcoming debut LP Too Far Out, due out this spring.
Cone, who'd previously worked with the band on the recently released Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, took inspiration from the strong female narrative videos of the 80s, such as Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefied," Til Tuesday's "Voices Carry," and Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time."
"They were really bold and ambitious, sort of a feature film's worth of story in four minutes. I think they're really cool," Cone said.
He worked with lead singer Jordan Rose Brzezinski , who stars in the video, and the rest of the band, who are also featured, to give it a documentary-style feel that's instictive and true to life. The video follows Brzezinski over the highs and lows and meh-s of her day as she walks to work, climaxing in a heated exchanged with a patron while she's tending bar.
"One thing that was really important to us was to show Chicago, that you have these beautiful green residental areas and a then mere blocks away it's very urban and cosmpolitan," Cone said. "It starts in a lush place and goes through Wicker Park and ends up somewhere darker. We wanted to make use of that journey to also highlight the travel from one emotional place to another."
Check out Sexy Fights on Bandcamp and watch the video premire of "Bending Light" below:
Andrea Domanick is the West Coast Editor of Noisey. Follow her on Twitter.