The Bittersweet Nostalgia of Home Movies — Sculpture Club Debuts Video for “Used Too”

Over the years, Sculpture Club has meticulously refined their sharp-edged punk ethos. Initially echoing strains reminiscent of Echo & The Bunnymen and The Cure, the group’s musical range has impressively expanded. Coupling their creative songcraft with nuanced instrumentals like acoustic guitars and violins, the addition further elevates their established deep basslines and intense leads. Their work accentuates the essence of collective unity, design, and intent.

Their new offering, “Used Too,” delves deep into the realms of loss, grief, and growth. The ensemble aimed to reflect compassionately upon the artist’s life journey, striving for a vantage point rich in understanding while shedding judgment.

Another song of acceptance. Through the lens of loss, grief and growth. I tried to take a compassionate look back on my life so far and write from more of a place of understanding and less judgment. Which looks good in this blurb but was a fucking nightmare to pull off. I’m still not sure if I did. Musically it’s another song writing experiment. Messing with time signatures and chord progressions I wasn’t used to. And experimenting with the structure. Trying to let the music and composition tell the story more so than the lyrics. – Chaz Costello

Despite songwriter Chaz Costello’s own apprehensions about the band’s experimental ventures into uncharted musical territories — be it with novel time signatures, chord transitions, or structural adaptations — any such reservations are unfounded. This poignant track stands as a profound ode to the myriad shades of human life. It’s their very vulnerability that amplifies the song’s emotive potency. “Used Too” is an endeavour where the rhythmic progression seems to speak volumes, evoking a sound that, while drawing some parallels to sister band Choir Boy,  alludes more to the quirky creativity of classic bands such as New Order, XTC, and Talking Heads.

In this evocative video for “Used Too,” the backdrop is adorned with an exquisite montage of familial home movies. There’s a universality in the depictions — parents, infants, children engrossed in early sports, and assemblies of beloved individuals who, over time, have become distant memories. Although the featured faces might remain unrecognizable to a broader audience, there’s an undeniable yearning, seen through dewy eyes, to rekindle the joy of those bygone, golden moments.

Watch the video for “Used Too” below:

Since their inception in 2016 under the guidance of Chaz Costello, Sculpture Club has carved its niche in the American music scene. From its origins in Salt Lake City to its relocation to Dallas, their dynamic, confetti-laden performances have left indelible impressions. The band’s 2016 release, “A Place to Stand”, vibrates with post-punk energy interspersed with gothic undertones. Meanwhile, their 2021 album, Worth, exposes a more vulnerable side, though it retains a sparkle reminiscent of their earlier vibrant days. As the years have passed, their once edgy experimentalism has matured into a tranquil, introspective melancholy, signaling growth for a band that’s lived and breathed every stage.

“Used Too” is available now via Born Losers Records. You can listen to and pre-order the cassette here.

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Alice Teeple

Alice Teeple is a photographer, multidisciplinary artist, and writer. She is not in Tin Machine.

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