Variations on a theme run rampant for Burlington, VT’s alt-punk outfit Better Things. Their latest single, “Stick That In Your Juicebox and Sip It” offers an irreverent take on a popular statement of bargaining as well as a delightfully curated lego-themed music video. Reminiscent of other toy-based music videos such as The White Stripes’ “Fell In Love With A Girl”, the single takes significant inspiration from themes such as hardship, pain, and progressing from loss. The video for “Stick That In Your Juicebox and Sip It” can be viewed below.
More specifically the track deals with the group’s drummer, Mark, experiencing and progressing past an internal conflict after losing love. Speaking on the track, Mark had the following to offer “The meaning of the song changed from the beginning. Originally I wrote it as a way to get past some of my personal fears, but as I went through a tough situation in a relationship and it got applied to that song. Just because lyrically it’s somewhat open-ended and you can apply it to whatever bad thing is happening to you and use it. Honestly, any progress you make, any positive thing that happens, any little thing that makes you happy… you can use that as a means to move beyond whatever problem you’re facing.”
The outfit’s DIY creed is continuously exemplified via the music video, shot entirely with a cell phone. As previously mentioned, the video features each of the band members as their own lego figurine in a tasteful juxtaposition between an infectiously entertaining video and weighty, emotionally rich lyrics.
“Stick That In Your Juicebox and Sip It” can be purchased here.