Despite “One More Step” being Dirty Fences’ only ballad on their latest release, Goodbye Love, the accompanying video — directed by the band, along with Unproduction Inc. — is a lighthearted take on the heavy tune.
Bassist Max Comaskey takes the stage at Brooklyn’s Union Pool, donning a clown costume with a full face of makeup, and croons, “I’ll be fine on my own again / It’s alright to finally walk alone.”
“It’s a sad song and the part that I sing is from a place of being an idiot, so being a sad clown felt appropriate,” Comaskey says. “I also thought it would look good juxtaposed with everyone else looking dapper.”
The New York City group originally wrote the song for Sheer Mag’s Christina Halladay’s vocals, but after being inspired by duets of the past, the song transformed to include Comaskey singing with Halladay in a call-and-response style. Musicians of the past also inspired the style of the video.
“The idea for the video came from watching a lot of old footage of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, specifically the video of them doing ‘Need Your Love So Bad.’ After watching that I wanted to do something similar but be dressed as a clown,” Comaskey says.
He also suggested Halladay wear a comical costume with him, but she deftly declined, telling Comaskey, “No. You’re the clown.”
Halladay’s vocals blend seamlessly into the Fences’ sound and her presence in the video brings a powerful counterpart to Comaskey’s unsettling character. “I think we were all a bit disturbed by the clown, but happy with how creepy it came out,” he says.