PREMIERE: Watch Violent Femmes' Video for "Issues"

The Milwaukee legends wrote a song about the complexity of human relationships which was then perfectly distilled into this stick figure drama.

21 June 2016, 9:00am

As much as couples love each other, every once in a while—hell, maybe even most of the time—the two halves of a beautiful, Nicholas Sparks-esque romantic fantasy relationship might test each other’s patience. And that’s putting it lightly. Chances are, if you’ve been lucky enough to fall madly in love and have that person love you back, you’ve probably at least once heard enough of their bullshit to fantasize about having the same power as Agent Smith when he glues Neo’s lips together with his mind in The Matrix.

Tempestuous relationships then, of course, are capable of even wilder ups and downs. Make-up romps are rad! But you still have to fight—probably about something stupid like whether or not AC/DC is the best band of all-time (they are)—to get there. Milwaukee’s folk-punk heroes Violent Femmes get that, and the new video for “Issues” from their latest record We Can Do Anything (their first full length in six years) lays it out with a couple stick figures going at it in more ways than one.

"Video director David Gladstein has distilled the musical and sociological anxiety embodied in the song into a pithy and minimalist stick figure drama,” says bassist Brian Ritchie. “Anyone who has ever been in a problematic relationship will laugh, cry and laugh again. We can’t wait to unleash it on the public and wait for the nominations to come in.”

Violent Femmes Tour Dates

21 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT
23 - Norfolk, VA - NorVa - SOLD OUT
25 - Frederick, MD - Flying Dog - SOLD OUT
26 - Columbia, MD - DC101 Radio Show


5 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave

7 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest

9 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue

10 - Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre

12 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall

14 - St Louis, MO - Pageant

16 - Kansas City, MO - KRZZ Beach Ball Buzz

17 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom

19 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues

20 - Austin, TX - Stubbs

22 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival

23 - Buffalo, NY - Kerfuffle Radio Festival
24 - Toronto, ON - The Massey

We Can Do Anything is out now via Add It Up Productions

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