Ezra Furman has released the music video for "Driving Down to L.A.," off the highly-acclaimed album Perpetual Motion People. It's a nightmarish journey in which Furman drives a car, accompanied by an angel, when a group of white supremacists begins to pursue them.
"This is a song of paranoia, escape and ecstatic ego-death. We decided to make a video about me and my angel companion escaping from modern-day Nazis," Furman explained in a statement. The video was filmed in Virginia, just 90 minutes from Charlottesville, by coincidence the day after the fatal white supremacist rallies took place.
"We had planned to shoot there long before we knew there was a far-right rally scheduled to take place in Charlottesville," Furman explains. "So we had the strange experience of making a music video about fleeing white supremacists in Virginia at the moment that the whole country was talking about them, and as the president refused to unequivocally condemn white supremacy. It is terrible to watch America's white supremacist roots flourish like this again, not to mention the accompanying misogyny, queerphobia and anti-Semitism. I intend this song, video and my entire career as a protest against those attitudes."
The video is dedicated to Heather Heyer, who was killed in Charlottesville protesting neo-Nazis this past August.
"I hope it goes without saying that I don't advocate shooting a gun into a car full of people, whether they are enraged white supremacists or not," Furman continues. "The video is a fantasy and a nightmare. I think it matches the cultural nightmare we are now living through, one from which I pray we can soon wake up."