Monkey House soundtrack a meet-cute in video for “Shotgun”

    The clip was directed by Oscar-winning producer J Miles Dale.

    Monkey House Shotgun video Friday album
    Image: Monkey House official YouTube

    Jazz band Monkey House have shared a video for “Shotgun” depicting a meet-cute in an unlikely setting: the set of a horror film.

    If other Monkey House tracks like “It’s Already Dark in New York” play out as the soundtrack to late-night city wanderings, then “Shotgun” is a sunny midday anthem, filled with brass warbles and a melodic earworm of a chorus. The video follows a movie extra escaping a movie studio backlot with an actress, riding—you guessed it—shotgun in her convertible.

    The clip was directed by J Miles Dale, the producer of The Shape of Water, which scored Best Picture at the Oscars last year. “Unbeknownst to anyone, I was pretty much the #1 Monkey House fan out there,” Dale said in a statement explaining how he came to direct the “Shotgun” video.

    “When I realized my old friend, Peter Cardinali, was co-producing their records, I asked to come to the studio to hang, listen, and meet [Monkey House bandleader] Don [Breithaupt] and the band. When Peter told me he wanted to do a video for ‘Shotgun,’ I volunteered to direct it—on the spot!”

    “Shotgun” comes from Monkey House’s latest album Friday, which dropped in July. Watch the music video below: