The 3Ds “Man on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”

The 3Ds are grand. “Man on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” is David Mitchell’s grunty, crunchy, tense journey into the mind of a troubled man. The video is set in an industrial wasteland, both outside in a mound of rubble and in a derelict building.

With the previous two 3Ds videos fronted by David Saunders, it’s nice to have the wild-haired Mitchell taking the lead, with the quartet rounded out by Dominic on drums and Denise holding down the low end on bass, with workladylike concentration.

Then, like many great 3Ds songs, the song veers into a wild, feedback and sample-laced wig-out, and the video practically becomes sentient, threatening to actually have a nervous breakdown and leaving the band wondering where their video funding went.

The video starts at four minutes, but the interview with the band before that is worth watching, especially if you like crunchy Hot Cakes.

Best bit: Denise’s sensible sweater.

Director: Andrew Moore
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

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