Welcome to Strangetown, USA.

“Strangetown, USA” is a music video that was shot and produced in Oakland, CA by a radical, collaborative, and consensus-driven artist community.

Pancho Morris’ “Strangetown, USA”, off the album “The Great Again E.P.”, was produced by James “Skyway Man” Wallace at Zoolabs in Oakland, CA. 

Deconstructing “Strangetown”

Themes & Motifs

In each moment between Pancho answering the call and him raising his cup, we explore our own world through a twisted prism. Learn what to watch out for as we revisit the pivotal events of Strangetown, USA.

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Deconstructing “Strangetown”

The Red World

Factory life, factory farms, sex workers in the red light district, and consumer culture as a whole. A revolution is brewing from within what fuels the system.

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Deconstructing “Strangetown”

The Red World

Factory life, factory farms, sex workers in the red light district, and consumer culture as a whole. A revolution is brewing from within what fuels the system.

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Deconstructing “Strangetown”

The Gold World

The elites and their waste, propped up on top of the middle and lower class. The lavish vacation of their lives is a veil to what is happening underneath the foundation of their system. Is it possible to level such an uneven scale?

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Behind the Scenes

“Creating Strangetown”

See how an idea and a warehouse became “Strangetown.” Captured by Nick Kohut with editorial support by Alex Malek and Justin Laundre.

Behind the Scenes

The Great Again L.P.

Pancho Morris, musician and historian, discusses what it was like writing a record for revolution. The…
Behind the Scenes

Consensus-Based Filmmaking

Jen Johnson, producer, discusses how Strangetown was developed using an unusual non-hierarchical model. Film is known…
Behind the Scenes

Lighting the Set

Adam "Ready" Richman, cinematographer, dives deep into what it was like to light the set…

“Strangetown, USA” by Pancho Morris

Produced by James “Skyway Man” Wallace at Zoolabs in Oakland, CA
Drums Peter Labberton Bass Bevan Herbekian Fiddle Adrian Delmer Backing Vocals Desiree Cannon Guitar, Keys James Wallace
Mixed by Kevin Dailey Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk

Crew

Cast

Special Thanks

Darcy & the team @ DTC Grip & Electric
“Uncle Eddie” @ Event Magic
The 30West Artist Collective in Oakland, CA
Inspired by the “Great Again” album artwork by Pp

Press

“In the West Coast vernacular, there's HELLA to unpack in "Strangetown USA"... It's probably the most work I've seen go into a music video...”

EarmilkMark A. Gavigan

“There’s a dark, wicked edge to the tune, reminiscent of Chris Isaak, stylish yet eerily sinister... exudes beau coup brio riding on polished, sumptuous tones.”

Tattoo MagazineRandall Radic

“The video is a parody of America’s hedonistic tendencies tied to our current political and economic injustices, delivered by a joyously cinematic production.”

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