While traveling back home from touring, the Hip Abduction’s David New took a cross-country trip through some U.S. national parks, resulting in the new video for “Daydreamer,” premiering below from the group’s latest album, To the Ends of the Earth.
The clip captures scenes from visits to seven parks — including Yosemite, Big Sur, Zion, Brice, Arches and others — by New and his girlfriend after the Hip Abduction wrapped a tour out on the West Coast. They bought a drone as well, using it for scenic aerial shots of their picturesque surroundings. “We just took our time and slept in tents and went even further than I ever had into the parks — not just camping or doing touristy shit but really going in for a couple of days and backpacking, eating beans out of cans, really getting the experience,” New tells Billboard. “It was really nice to capture that. I’m not a filmmaker by any means, but I think we came together really well.” Among the stops was the John Muir Trail in Yosemite, named after the naturalist author and philosopher; A 1901 quote from Muir declaring that “mountain parks are fountains of life” closes the video.
“I spent a lot of time hiking and camping when I was growing up,” New says. “I have pretty much every book by Muir in my office. Those are words to live by.”
The Hip Abduction will be touring briefly with Dirty Heads next month and is currently working on a new album. “We’re probably four or five songs into the next record,” New reports. “I’d like to try to release something in the next six to eight months.” Meanwhile the band is planning “a lot of social media and YouTube stuff,” as well as plans to record a live album at the Suwannee Hulaween festival Oct. 24 in Florida. “It’s going to be an exciting next eight months,” New promises, “hopefully with a new record coming at the end of it.”