Earlier this year, Austin360 previewed the song “Our City” from local band East Cameron Folkcore’s 2015 album “Kingdom of Fear.” It’s an apocalyptic number about the changes Austin has gone through in recent years, though its message easily could apply to many other cities facing similar socio-economic struggles in the 21st century.
A new video for the song sets the lyrics to stark black-and-white footage that director Tyson Zoltan Heder captured in recent drives around Austin. As band leader Jesse Moore noted, “It became astounding how easy it was to find new houses, new hotels, new condos, repeat, repeat, repeat going up in every neighborhood around the city.”
Several passages in the video capture juxtapositions of historic and changing elements of the city’s landscape. As band member Blake Bernstein pointed out earlier this year, the song isn’t meant so much as an anti-growth indictment as it is a clarion call of awareness: “There’s no simple solution in finding a balance, nor are we offering one. We’re asking to open up a dialogue on how we effect the places we live — because we’re all responsible, and we’re all at fault.”
East Cameron Folkcore performs twice this weekend as part of Fun Fun Fun Fest. Friday, they play an official FFF Nites late show at 10:45 p.m. at Elysium, and Saturday they’re at the festival’s Yellow Stage at Auditorium Shores at 5:30 p.m.