Above image of Josh Berwanger by Michael Hutcherson
“The Star Invaders” is the title track of Berwanger’s latest effort, kicking off an album that was inspired by Josh Berwanger’s encounter with a UFO during a family vacation. It infuses some of the songwriter’s signature sounds – from savory glam-rock riffs to saccharine morsels of power pop – with sci-fi–inspired synths and vivid production. In under two minutes, the song introduces us to a protagonist who feels estranged from his world, and hoists us into the introspective, intergalactic exploration that drives the rest of the album.
“It’s about feeling like you don’t fit in on this planet and trying to escape to another planet, only to find out they don’t want you either,” Berwanger said.
The music video – directed by Joe W. Sams of Uncle Dad Productions – takes us through a wild, hallucinatory world that feels like a lucid dream, filled with puppets, pig brains, UFOs and fun Easter eggs sprinkled throughout.
“I love everything he does, and his work is so aesthetically pleasing,” Berwanger said of Sams, a San Francisco-based artist who has created artwork for The Dead Milkmen, The Breeders and Peach Kelli Pop, to name a few.
Here’s The Bridge’s premiere of “The Star Invaders,” from Berwanger.
This weekend, catch Josh Berwanger and his band playing their first round of shows in over a year. Tonight, they’re at Central Standard Brewing in Wichita, Kansas; tomorrow, they’ll be at Josey Records in Kansas City; and on Saturday, in Norman, Oklahoma at The Deli.