The Kurt Vile that performed at Mercury Lounge last week was calm, collected, directed and certainly enthusiastic. But he was NOTHING like how he is in the “Freak Train” video. And that’s rad. And I think this is why I like some music videos. They allow the band or singer to be actors for a bit.

In Vile’s songs he sings lyrics that are biting: “flapping and flipping around like a fish!” “turns his back when he was down, down.” ETC. But live Vile didn’t have the passion and punch. He does in this video, for sure: