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Guerilla Artist Shepard Fairey Directs New Death Cab Video

Video still from "Home Is A Fire"
Video still from "Home Is A Fire"
Courtesy Atlantic Records

Ground-breaking artist and former notorious San Diego resident Shepard Fairey is the director behind Death Cab For Cutie’s latest music video, “Home Is A Fire” the second single from the band’s forthcoming album, Codes and Keys.

Incorporating the usage of wheat-pasted guerilla-style subliminal messages, similar to the propaganda-style imagery Fairey became famous for via his “Andre The Giant Has A Posse” campaign, the video was shot on location around the Echo Park neighborhoods near downtown Los Angeles, creating a juxtaposition between the band’s lyrics combined with Fairey’s enigmatic style and frontman Ben Gibbard’s lyrics.

Fairey’s career as a controversial artist has lead him to a career in graphic design and music, with his alter ego DJ Diabetic and a set at the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival cementing his status as one of America’s premiere multi-media artists. Fans of Fairey's work should check out British artist Banksy, whose fame has gotten so large that copycats of his work (like this San Diego fraudulent piece outside of a taco shop) have garnered international attention.

Codes and Keys comes out May 31, 2011 on Atlantic Records.