Apparently, The Decemberists are really big fans of David Foster Wallace’s book, Infinite Jest. So much so, that they tried to recreate a section of the book for their new video, “Calamity Song”, directed by Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation, The Office). Frontman Colin Meloy explains:
“I had this funny idea that a good video for the song would be a re-creation of the Enfield Tennis Academy’s round of Eschaton — basically, a global thermonuclear crisis re-created on a tennis court — that’s played about a third of the way into the book. Thankfully, after having a good many people balk at the idea, I found a kindred spirit in Michael Schur, a man with an even greater enthusiasm for Wallace’s work than my own. With much adoration and respect to this seminal, genius book, this is what we’ve come up with. I can only hope DFW would be proud.”
Head on over to NPR to watch the video.