Saturday, March 14, 2009

oscar wilde

“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” From this quote comes the name for Company of Thieve’s latest album Ordinary Riches, and from the author comes the song title for their newest music video: Oscar Wilde. Company of Thieves, a Chicago-based band, is comprised of lead singer Genevieve Schatz, guitarist Marc Walloch, and drummer Mike Ortiz. In the music video for “Oscar Wilde,” Genevieve takes on the quirky task of embodying Max Fischer, the precocious and extremely involved teenager from “Rushmore.” With gawky glasses and a schoolboy tie and blazer, she channels Max Fischer in a montage of his various extracurricular activities: JV basketball manager, yellow belt in the kung fu club, and choirmaster of the second chorale, to name a few. Genevieve’s androgynous transformation competes with her compelling vocals for attention, so be prepared to watch it a few times to catch the full effect of both.

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