Local indie band Positive No released a new video today on NPR’s website for its song “Pedal Through.” The video parodies Jeff Krulik and John Heyn’s cult documentary “Heavy Metal Parking Lot” with its own indie-rock version.
What sets Positive No’s painfully true and hilarious parody apart from a needless exercise in nostalgic irony is how charmingly personal it is. In fact, many of the artifacts in the video come from the band’s own collections, including bassist Sadie Powers’ homemade Smashing Pumpkins board game from middle school (!) and a prop from the Sonic Youth “Dirty Boots” video. Its members were also deeply entrenched in the scene: In the early ’90s, Tracy Wilson was the vocalist for Dahlia Seed, a heavy and angular emo band that split the difference between Drive Like Jehu and Sunny Day Real Estate during a time when both were still figuring out their own sounds.
The video was filmed at Diversity Thrift and features many Richmonders as extras in their best 90s indie styles.