John Carpenter's New Music Video Contains One Perfectly Self-Referential Moment

Master of horror John Carpenter is, of course, also a master musician, having created the iconic, influential scores for classics like Halloween, They Live, and Assault on Precinct 13. His new album, Lost Themes II, is out April 15 (NPR is currently streaming the whole thing). He just dropped a woozy video to promote his new opus.


According to label Sacred Bones Records, Lost Themes II aims for a more robust sound than its predecessor, 2014's Lost Themes, the director’s first non-soundtrack album. The video for “Distant Dream,” the first track on the album, shows Carpenter and his band (among them: his son, Cody, on synth, and his godson Daniel Davies on guitar) rocking out in the studio.

It’s a fairly straightforward performance video (directed by Carpenter—who else?), but there’s one notable moment that can’t be a coincidence. When Carpenter begins his keyboard riff, well, let’s just say They Live fans will get the joke.

Carpenter and company are heading out on tour this spring and summer; it’ll be his first-ever live musical shows. Here’s a full list of dates. Bring your sunglasses!


27 Greece, Athens – Piraeus Academy

28 Greece, Athens – Piraeus Academy

30 Denmark, Copenhagen - Koncerthuset - Koncertsalen


02 Spain, Barcelona – Primavera Sound

14 US, Seattle – Paramount

15 US, Portland - Arlene Schnitzer

17 US, Oakland - Fox Theatre

18 US, Los Angeles – Orpheum

19 US, Phoenix – Mesa Center for the Arts

21 US, Denver - Gothic Theatre

23 US, Austin - Moody Theatre @ ACL LIVE

24 US, Dallas - Majestic Theater


03 Iceland, Ásbrú ATP - Iceland

06 Switzerland, Neuchâtel - International Film Festival

08 US, New York - Playstation Theatre

09 US, Philadelphia – Keswick Theatre

10 US, Pittsburgh – Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall

12 US, Washington DC - Lincoln Theatre

15 US, Detroit - The Masonic Temple

16 US, Chicago – Thalia Hall

18 US, Milwaukee – Pabst Theatre


26 Italy, Turin – Today’s Festival

28 Italy, Rome - Auditorium Parco Della Musica / Santa Cecilia Hall


28 UK, Manchester - Albert Hall

29 UK, Manchester - Albert Hall

31 UK, London - Troxy

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DL Thurston

I dunno, he puts the glasses directly on instead of being forced to wear them after a 10 minute alleyway brawl.