A screen grab from Dancing Strangers' "Nightwalker."
Tijuana's Dancing Strangers have released their latest music video, “Nightwalker.”
The track is off their third and latest EP, Lost in Lust, which will be released as a cassette collectible from Prima Crush in July (The Lost in Lust EP can also be downloaded on Bandcamp). “Nightwalker” has an '80s New Wave sound with hints of the Cure and Joy Division. If you haven't wondered about Tijuana's red-light district, you will now, thanks to this video -- I sure did.
On Avenida Revolución, there's a mixture of taco shops, turista gift shops, music venues, bars and strip clubs -- but if you veer off the strip, you'll end up in Zona Norte, which is prominently featured in “Nightwalker.” Eric Wendt, a friend and fan of Dancing Strangers, makes his music-video directorial debut; the clip echoes some of the lonely and sometimes dark scenes of prostitution in such films as Taxi Driver and He Got Game.
For the Dancing Strangers duo, the red-light district is a place of mystery and fascination. Even as a young boy, vocalist Astronauta Jackson couldn't help but acknowledge the existence of prostitutes in his hometown, because he would often have to walk through Zona Norte. “Nightwalker” is a sureal and voyeuristic ode to the “freaks come out at night.”
"To me, it's a small part of all the myths behind our city: 'It is what it is!' " Jackson said. "And to some, it's immoral, to others it's unreal, but to us, it's part of our city's culture."
Watch "Nightwalker" on Vimeo. Dancing Strangers have the following upcoming shows in Tijuana and San Diego:
Dita Quiñones is a multimedia journalist born in Tijuana with a passion for Latin alternative and hip-hop music news. Her main goal is to uplift and inform so that the Latino and Hip-Hop community get knitted into the fabric of American history. In addition to SoundDiego, she contributes to Latina, FOX News Latino, Poder, VidaVibrante, and HipHopDx. She is also the founder of the infamous music and politrix blog GN$F! Follow Dita on Twitter.