In the wake of their announcement of a brand new album in the works, Conor Oberst’s punk band Desaparecidos has released a video for “City on the Hill,” Spin reports. The single will appear in the band’s sophomore album.
“City on the Hill” features a frenetic montage of dated news reports and commercial clips. The energetic video is jam-packed with explosions and crashes galore. The video explores the band’s critique on capitalism in America, utilizing images of cigarettes, medicinal drugs and sweat shops. Multiple scenes on the issue of weight struggles also appear. Creating an unfavorable image of America’s capitalist society, it’s provocative, to say the least.
Formed in 2001, Desaparecidos has a literal meaning of “disappeared ones” in Spanish and Portuguese. After garnering a large following after touring with bands such as Jimmy Eat World and The Promise Ring, the band broke up in 2002. Ten years later, the band reunited for a single show at the Concert for Equality in Omaha, Nebraska. Over the next few years, the band released the singles “MariKKKopa” and “Backsell” in 2012, as well as “Anonymous” and “The Left is Right” in 2013. During an interview in July 2014, Conor Oberst revealed in an interview that Desaparecidos planned to release their second full-length album in 2015.
Watch “City on the Hill” below and look out for Payola, the band’s first new album in thirteen years, on June 23 via Epitaph.