Simple Gestures: Watch the $7 lyric video for Nemes’ new single, ‘Butterfly’


Videos can get expensive, even the lyrical types. Massachusetts indie folk band Nemes know this all too well, as their clip for new single “Butterfly,” officially released this morning, went a whopping $7 over its initial budget of zilch, zero, nada, nothing.

That money was used to purchase wine.

“We were going for free, but needed to add a prop to make the second verse not so boring to watch,” drummer/percussionist Chris Anthony tells Vanyaland. “$7 was all we had so we got what we could and went with it.”


It’s enough to get us buzzed on the new record from Nemes — pronounced “knee-miss” — which is titled I Carry Your Heart and due October 28. It’s the follow-up to the band’s 2011 LP Don’t Flush Me, and the lead single is free to download when you place a pre-order via Big Cartel.

The video for “Butterfly,” which was produced by the band and incorporates American Sign Language (ASL), can be viewed below.

Meanwhile, catch Nemes live and in all their fiddle-action glory Thursday when they play a free show at the Boston Calling Block Party at Dewey Square in Boston. From there they head up north to perform at the Newburyport Brewing Company on Friday, then head west for a Saturday night show at Electric Haze in Worcester. They have a pair of shows, September 4 and 11, at the Lawn on D in South Boston, a space we gave a First Look at after this past Friday’s opening ceremony.

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