What if I told you a horror icon and a metal legend teamed up to form a kick-ass super group? Is that something you might be interested in? Well, in case you didn’t know already, Bill Moseley (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, House of 1,000 Corpses, Devil’s Rejects) and Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint) formed a band, appropriately named Bill & Phil. It’s pretty much everything you would hope it to be. Last week, they premiered their first music video for “Dirty Eye” off their debut album, ‘Songs of Darkness and Despair.’ It is available now via all your favorite platforms, from Housecore Records.
The video itself comes from director Ryan Oliver at Deathblow Productions. Oliver had previously directed a video for Child Bite, another band signed to Housecore Records. I was able to catch up with Ryan Oliver and ask him how he got the gig.
“Kate Richardson, from Housecore Records contacted me after the last video we did for Child Bite. She’s awesome and is super cool to work with. I’ve screened my films at their horror fest over the years and they’ve always been really supportive and encouraging of my work…Also working on two Bill Moseley projects back to back is a damn gift. I’ve been a long time fan of his work, can’t pass on the double down offer.”
The video’s main concept centers around an alien race of eyeball creatures coming to invade Earth. In the meantime, Bill & Phil get into some crazy situations themselves. The whole video uses puppets and miniature sets. It’s pretty damn cool to see so much detail and effort put into a music video these days. When I asked Oliver about the ebbs and flows of puppetry, he responded, “The best part is actually making the stuff. I like being a shop rat and sitting around with my cohorts making things, playing music and bullshitting…None of us were trained puppeteers so there was a learning curve, but I got some talented friends and we figured it out. We had a good mix of styles including, marionette, rod puppets, and hand puppets.”
In a time when MTV has mostly dropped music videos and has been inundated with teen dramas and horrible reality shows, Bill & Phil’s “Dirty Eye” stands out from the rest. It’s reminiscent of the Tool music videos of the 90’s with the puppets and stop-motion nightmares. Who better to serve us up a slice of horror puppetry than horror icon Bill Moseley and metal legend Phil Anselmo? The music rocks and the video is brilliant.
Now go watch the video, you dog dicks!