The lyrical scene in Nightmare and the Cat's single "Alvarado" is a familiar one to Echo Park indie regulars. "Salvation was a light hanging in the street for the cars on Alvarado," sings frontman Django Stewart. "Spanish words advertising fast food chains / Line the dirty streets, cracking in the heat."
The band's new video for the song -- premiering here on Pop & Hiss -- is a much starker scene, however. Filmed in crisp black-and-white at Capitol Studios' "1 Mic 1 Take" series, the band delivers a winsome '70s folk-rock version of the song with a rare mix of skill and intimacy. Watch it here.
Nightmare and the Cat is the project of Stewart and his brother Sam. They're the sons of Eurythmics' Dave Stewart and Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey, but their interests are both more au courant and more vintage than that New Wave lineage might imply. Their debut LP owes lots to Fleetwood Mac and to the current hipster obsession with that era's regal, dulcet rock sounds.