Courtney Barnett recently released the video for ‘Before You Gotta Go’, a single from her forthcoming album Things Take Time, Take Time. The singer-songwriter has now taken to Twitter to acknowledge the similarities between her visual and the video for fellow Australian band Quivers’ ‘You’re Not Always on My Mind’. Check out the tweet thread and watch both videos below.
“I thought I had come up with a beautiful, original idea for a video, but it seems like I was wrong!” Barnett wrote. “I’d like to introduce you to Melbourne band Quivers and director, Nina Renee, who had the same idea way before me. Any similarities are completely coincidental and if I had seen this clip when I was making mine I would have completely changed my concept or the way we explored it.”
A note on the YouTube description for ‘Before You Gotta Go’ also reads: “It has been pointed out to us that this video bears remarkable similarities to the video for ‘You’re Not Always On My Mind’ by Melbourne band Quivers, directed by Nina Renee. The resemblance is uncanny, but it’s entirely coincedental. We respect and admire Quivers and Nina Renee and we appreciate them reaching out and having the conversation with us.”
In a statement to Pitchfork, a representative for Quivers said: “We appreciate Courtney acknowledging this situation. We are happy to see Nina’s work being recognised.”
Any similarities are completely coincidental and if I had seen this clip when I was making mine I would have completely changed my concept or the way we explored it.https://t.co/m2INhIA9pVhttps://t.co/VUFCHio1zJhttps://t.co/1cvItZc8Q3
— courtney barnett (@courtneymelba) September 20, 2021