Ever since The Pixies blew everyone away with their ability to jump from quiet to loud, alt-rockers have been playing with the technique, putting their own spin on it, expanding, experimenting. There are few bands on the alternative scene today who manage to wield the skill as well as AWOLNATION. The lurching, high-energy track “Passion” is the latest example, and comes from the band’s third studio album, Here Come the Runts, which embraces a more organic sound than previous releases. Just listen to the way those guitars take centre stage.
The punchy track has a performative quality to it: something that makes you want to jump, to sing along. It’s big, and it demands a big mood, something like, well, passion. Perhaps this is why the video for the track works so well. Shot in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the clip follows Pro Skater Og De Souza around the colourful city. The city, and Og De Souza, feel larger than life as the camera weaves through the streets. Ever passionate, the skater completes tricks at the park using only his hands. Having struggled with Polio since he was a kid, he found a love for skateboarding beyond a mode of transportation, and brings a great sense of fun to an already boisterous song. The joy throughout the video is palpable.