As a symbol of both good and evil, the owl is prevalent in many cultures and contexts. In Michael Ruiz-Unger’s video for the song “Gown of Frost”, by Miami’s hardcore heroes Capsule, it’s safe to say the giant animatronic bird is one bad hooter. Ruiz-Unger, who also directed Lil Dagger’s “Dada Brown” video, features Capsule playing a midnight set amid a smoky field, while a recently revived woman in white aims to eliminate the Sauron-like owl with a crystal for her weapon. “Gown of Frost” comes from Capsule’s 2011 LP, No Ghost, which also includes “Graft”, #19 on the Top 50 South Florida Songs of 2011.
Miami’s Lil Daggers play a breed of organ-grinding rock that sounds like it was dragged face down through a swamp. The band’s self-titled debut LP, released digitally in April and physically today, is built on pronounced tempo changes, emphatic thumps and thuds, muddy riffs, ‘60s pop, and searing organ chops, lending itself to cinematic interpretation. Enter director Michael J. Ruiz-Unger, whose stark video for Lil Daggers’ “Dada Brown” plays out like a grindhouse noir vignette. Unfolding at a slow-drip pace that mirrors the Daggers’ droning, post-mushroom-consumption sound, Ruiz-Unger’s starlit short (co-written with Daggers’ frontman Johnny Saraiva) features a smart ’71 Buick GS, a goateed and shotgun-toting boyfriend (Eddie Garcia), and a brunette resigned to her bullet-riddled fate (Christina Willow). Action!