Today’s video of the day is Maita’s debut single ‘Can’t Blame a Kid’ – just out on the legendary Kill Rock Stars label. A pop punk masterclass.
Portland, Oregan’s Maria Maita-Keppeler explains the inspiration behind the song and the video:
“‘Can’t Blame a Kid’ takes a stab at unpacking the insecurities that I’d built up from childhood, zeroing in on a particular relationship that bore a lot of weight on me throughout my adolescence. For many years it was easy for me to blame a lack of confidence and self-worth on this relationship, and writing this song helped me to find resolution by bringing light to the futility of harboring resentment against children, as we all were back in the formative days that inspired the song. It really is fascinating, though unfortunate, that we are often at our most callous at the age when we are also the most fragile.
The video was a lot of fun for me to make. I’d always wanted to make a finger-painting video for this song, something that echoed the wild, colorful, cathartic nature of the song. Shortly before the release of the single, I realized that it was in my power to do so: I had an iPhone camera and a white wall in my basement. I’d never attempted to produce a video before, so I demanded utmost privacy–I didn’t even let anyone enter the room to press the record button. It was liberating to do one 4 minute take and have the video essentially finished. I feel particularly proud of this video considering the meaning behind “Can’t Blame a Kid”. It was empowering to have the opportunity to take ownership of a vision and execute it was on my own, a task that required a degree of self-assuredness and confidence that would have seemed wildly out of reach to my childhood self.”
MAITA’S debut LP, Best Wishes, was produced by Maita-Keppeler and Matthew Zeltzer, and tracked live at the 100-year-old Ok Theatre in Enterprise, Oregon and Room 13 in Portland, Oregon. 2020 tour dates and release details for Best Wishes will be announced soon.