Old Monk’s new 8-bit animated “Fowl and Foe” video premiered the other day on Diffuser!
Brooklyn rockers Old Monk arenâ€™t huge fans of cheesy, live-action music videos. So they set about animating their own tunes through 8-bit MS Paint-style masterpieces. Singer Josh Carrafa (who just so happens to be the brains behind Music History Gifs) recently converted his bandâ€™s single â€˜Fowl and Foeâ€™ into a MindCraft odyssey of gore.
The song itself is a fast-paced punk jam that saunters through all kinds of key changes and arpeggiations, but the video â€” which Diffuser.fm is honored to premiere â€” amplifies the trackâ€™s humorous undertones. We follow an unarmed paint blob as he attempts to slay a dragon. Itâ€™s a hard-fought battle that includes copious beer gulps and a hilariously long segment in which our hero crawls through several scenes, leaking blood all about.
â€œI donâ€™t like standing around and shooting live action music videos,â€ Carrafa tells Diffuser.fm. â€œItâ€™s boring and tedious and it feels weird to lip-synch and pretend to play guitar.â€
â€œSo I started to animate our videos,â€ he adds. â€œThis song is about philosophical concepts like consciousness, reality and existentialism. So I decided to combine the three most philosophical things I could think of: Game of Thrones, Monty Python and Kingâ€™s Quest.â€
Between the anime fight with a beastly rabbit and the stomach-slaying of the dragon, thereâ€™s just too much awesomeness in this video.
– Cameron Matthews, Diffuser