The Breeders are about to set out on a huge tour with new songs, but ex-Pixies singer/bassist Kim Deal isn’t through with her recent series of solo singles. Or not quite solo, in the case of “Range on Castle,” a whimsical scruff-pop lope she recorded with singer and actress Morgan Nagler. Deal told SPIN the song was inspired by a real-life date to a gun range on Castle Road in her Dayton, Ohio suburb of Huber Heights.
The NPR-posted video for the song finds a castle and a narrative counterpart for the song’s off-kilter, slightly spooky mood in the 1963 horror film The Terror, which happens to be in the public domain. The clip, cut by Morgan’s brother, also finds a perfect gun-range-date hero: Jack Nicholson, still several years pre-Easy Rider and wonderfully baby-faced. Though the Roger Corman-directed film stars Boris Karloff, the video focuses on Nicholson and spectral co-star Sandra Knight. Curiously, Nicholson’s role as a lost French soldier is reminiscent of the central character in Black Francis‘s new novel The Good Inn. Gigantic!