A friend of mine posted this video on Facebook and I had no idea what it was. Another friend filled me in that the singer is Leslie Hall (check out her site, which is full of wonderfully gaudy design). I think her band is called Leslie and the LY’s (or some variation) and they are from Ames, Iowa.
There’s something absolutely wonderful about not knowing a thing about them when you watch this video as it is so out there. She does have a wikipedia page in addition to her website, so if you need to fill in unanswered questions, you can do that there.
In the meantime, just enjoy:
[READ: January 8, 2015] Brain Camp
Camp Fielding is a place for losers–people who can’t get into any other camp. They often go in because they are stupid and yet after just a few months they come out like geniuses. It is the perfect place for a couple of misfits like Jenna, a girl who is lost in her own imagination (while her 14 year old sister just got accepted into Harvard. Heck, even her younger sister is embarrassed by her). Or like Lucas, a boy who we first see breaking into cars and whose mother has basically given up on him.
Neither one is terribly excited to go and neither one is pleased about the other one (they share a ride together). But once they get to camp and the boys are bullies, the girls are worse and the food is so disgusting as to be deemed completely inedible, they form a reluctant bond (with a dorky boy who is the butt of everyone’s jokes).
The weirder think about the camp is that they don’t actually teach anything–they just put kids in a classes and talk at them assuming they’ll just pick it up. And they seem to.
Even more inexplicable is that most of the kids seem very happy to eat the gross food. But not our heroes–they are aware of a strip mall down the road, so they hike through the woods to get some real food. But on their way through the woods, they come upon a building and in the building are three missing campers–who are horribly disfigured.
And then one morning the bitchy girls all wake up with a gross growth on their foreheads. And why is everyone cawing all of a sudden?
The camp leaders convince them that everything is okay, and after agreeing to… something, they suddenly find the weird growths on their foreheads too. And they suddenly seem a bit smarter too. What is going on here?
I never expected the end of the story which was supernatural and quite weird. But it was really good. I really like Hick’s drawing style–she uses dark heavy lines very effectively. And I thought that Kim and Klavan made some really believable kids in a frankly unbelievable story.