By Elliot Alpern, Senior Arts Editor
Published September 19, 2013
To call Capital Cities’s most recent video “peculiar” is a bit of an understatement — not since Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Going Down” reel has there been such an emphasis on fusing anthropromorphism with semi-coherent storytelling.
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Let’s set the scene: The world is inhabited by people with varioius mamalian faces. Just deal with that right now. A zebra-man, our protagonist, tries to get into “The Kangaroo Court” night club, and is shown a sign and turned away — no zebras allowed, it seems. Then, the music begins.
“Kangaroo Court,” the song, is actually a pretty fun, club-inspired tune: “There’s a dark part of town / Where the girls kick down / And I cannot wait for a chance to go.” You can guess the plot from any number of stories — zebra-man comes back, disguised as a stallion, and proceeds to dance the night away.
Overall, the ride is a strange one, from lusty poodles to jealous pitbull-boyfriends, as an animalized Capital Cities rocks on in the background. As long as you can get past the strangeness of it all, “Kangaroo Court” is at the very least unpredictable, though the analogy here (class distinction, savage partying, even the justice system) is a big foggy. But who knows — you’re here to dance first, and be entertained second. “Kangaroo Court” gets its priorities straight.