John Carpenter Stands There, Looks Cool in His “Distant Dreams” Music Video

Horror film mastermind John Carpenter has released the first music video from his upcoming album, along with the complete schedule for his band’s subsequent world tour.Both the video and the tour are tied to his upcoming album, Lost Themes II, which launches April 15.

Carpenter, of course, directed the video for the album’s first single “Distant Dream,” the song for which he released last month. The video shows him rocking out with his band in the studio. Well, “with” is a strong word. Based on the video, it looks like his bandmates, which include his son and godson, do most of the heavy lifting. He’s just hammering away at some keys.

According to Consequence of Sound, the high-contrast lighting style — by far the most interesting part of the video — reflects the aesthetic the band plans to employ during its live shows.

Carpenter announced he would embark on a tour following Lost Themes II, but had not released the complete schedule. Carpenter and his crew will be playing gigs across the U.S. and Europe from the end of May through October, including a Halloween show in London.

Tour Schedule:

05/27 – Athens, GR @ Piraeus Academy
05/28 – Athens, GR @ Piraeus Academy
05/30 – Copenhagen, DK @ DR Koncerthuset
06/02 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/14 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount
06/15 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer
06/17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
06/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum
06/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Mesa Center for the Arts
06/21 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
06/23 – Austin, TX @ Moody Theatre
06/24 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater
07/03 – Asbru, IS @ ATP Iceland
07/06 – Neuchatel, CH @ International Film Festival
07/08 – New York, NY @ Playstation Theatre
07/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Keswick Theatre
07/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
07/12 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
07/15 – Detroit, MI @ The Masonic Temple
07/16 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
07/18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
08/26 – Turin, IT @ Today’s Festival
08/28 – Rome, IT @ Auditorium Parco Della Musica
10/28 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
10/29 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
10/31 – London, UK @ Troxy