Backyard Committee Takes Wistful Turn in ‘Festival’ Video

“Melancholy” isn’t necessarily the feeling we associate with the end of a festival — exhaustion and relief are usually more like it — but that’s the mood the Backyard Committee sought to capture in their recent video for “Festival,” which leader Mike Sembos says he was inspired to write by annual visits to Gathering of the Vibes, of all places.

The clip features a display of hula hooping from Courtney Jeane Roy in, um, a backyard, intercut with performance footage of the band (and shots of Sembos in a hammock, engaged in some light summer reading). The song comes from the Backyard Committee’s excellent 2013 album, also called “Festival.”

And speaking of festivals, the New Haven group will perform April 26 at this year’s annual Daffodil Festival in Meriden, Conn. The two-day event in Hubbard Park will also feature the likes of Mark Mulcahy, Violent Mae, Lys Guillorn and plenty more.

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