When we think of the ultimate efficient productive work culture, many of us think of Japan. So is it a coincidence that there’s a drunk Japanese businessman trope? It’s all or nothing—you need to be precision-level on top of your shit in order to get so drunk you shit yourself while passed out on the street. And while North America has its trendy “happy hour” cocktails, I’m willing to be remote work stretched happy hour into the early afternoon (and maybe morning) for some people just trying to make it through lockdown. That’s what this video from Work Party (featuring members of War Brides and Snow Burial) has me thinking about. It’s for “Drunk Conference Call,” cleverly and lovingly animated by Loverman, and it’s a fun, destructive, depressive look into “accidentally” getting wasted during work hours. It’s their first single off their debut album My Best Days Are Behind Me comes out October 1st via Triple Eye Industries — pre-order the album here and pick up the single here. So watch this video and remember that time you (and your co-workers probably) showed up for a Zoom half cut.
Slow day I don’t care let’s grab a drink Maybe some poppers and wings Wait there’s an email I’ve gotta send Never mind I don’t give a shit Drunk conference call It’s one that I’m supposed to be leading Hold that thought we’ll take another drink Maybe some whiskey and pills Shit I think I have to take this call Can you tell I’m half in the bag? Drunk conference call Do I sit up straight? Or sleep under my desk you loser? Soco limes hit me like a ton of bricks I should’ve passed on that Adderall Weird my wife just came waltzing in Arm and arm with our neighbor Paul What a drunk loser