Let’s blast you back in time with this ripper of a video premiere from Matt Jaffe & The Distractions called “Hellhounds Of Alcatraz.” With a ferocity like Elvis (yes, I’m going there) combined with the storytelling-flair of Johnny Cash (yep, him too), “Hellhounds Of Alcatraz” is a nod to our Rock N’ Roll past, but with a new-age touch. With churning guitar, non-stop thumping bass, spastic percussion and an urgent lyrical delivery, ‘Hellhounds’ takes off from the start and goes 100mph for the duration. With scenes of San Francisco as the backdrop – we witness a chase through the famous streets involving a T-Rex and a young, pretty lady – making for a fun video that was directed/produced by Spenser Linney.

In an ode to all things California, 21 year old Jaffe will be releasing his debut LP California’s Burning on 3-3-17 and if this tremendous song is any indication, the album is sure to be straight fire. Hopefully we will see a tour to support the new LP soon because his live shows, as we witnessed when he opened for Blues Traveler, are impressive to say the least.


“One of the main rules of filmmaking is to avoid shooting with animals or children if possible, so we opted for a dude dressed up as a T-Rex instead of a dog for our “Hellhounds” video.  The song is a mashup of “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Werewolves of London,” stirring fearsome canines and daring prison-breaks into one big California Noir stew.  The video shows a chase through the streets of San Francisco, and hopefully the dinosaur costume makes sure everyone knows the tongue is firmly in cheek.” – Matt Jaffe


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Article: Shayne Hanley



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