By Ray Rahman
February 25, 2014 at 03:00 PM EST
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One of our favorite music-video motifs is the whole “high-school athletics department and facilities” theme. Rockers from Nirvana to Nada Surf have been responsible for some of the more memorable examples of that motif in the past, but the latest foray into the genre comes from Nashville indie-pop group Wild Cub.

The band’s cinematic new clip for the single “Thunder Clatter” (a song recently heard on an episode of The Vampire Diaries) has everything from bleeding cheerleaders to Greco-Roman wrestlers. There’s even a full-sized gymnasium for the band to shred in.

It’s all fitting, given that the song comes from their album titled Youth. As singer/guitarist Keegan DeWitt said, “It’s a challenge to make a video that can serve as both a tasteful introduction to the band and a distillation of a lot of the themes on Youth. Drew [Bourdet, the video’s director] really struck a delicate balance, showing some of the intimate and smaller moments that we hint at throughout the record, but never hitting you over the head. He lays out a long slate of moments, all with a palpable undercurrent and intangible vibration.”

Let the members of Wild Cub send you back to school with the exclusive premiere of “Thunder Clatter” below.

Youth is available on iTunes here, and you can catch Wild Cub on Conan on April 10 or catch them on tour at the following dates:

Mar 02 Live on WRLT at 3rd & Lindsley Nashville, TN

Mar 15 KGSR @ SXSW Live Broadcast – The W Hotel Austin, TX

Mar 24 The Parish (w/ American Authors) New Orleans, LA

Mar 25 The Loft (w/ American Authors) Atlanta, GA

Mar 26 The Bottletree (w/ American Authors) Birmingham, AL

Mar 28 Jillian’s (w/ American Authors) Columbia, SC

Mar 29 NorVA (w/ American Authors) Norfolk, VA

Mar 30 Cat’s Cradle (w/ American Authors) Carrboro, NCe

Mar 31 Visulite (w/ American Authors) Charlotte, NC

Apr 02 Exit/In Nashville, TN

Apr 03 20th Century Theater (w/ American Authors) Cincinnati, OH

Apr 04 Grog Shop (w/ American Authors) Cleveland, OH

Apr 07 Headliners (w/ American Authors) Louisville, KY

Apr 08 Turner Hall (w/ American Authors) Milwaukee, WI

Apr 24 Stubb’s (w/ Vampire Weekend) Austin, TX

Apr 25 Stubb’s (w/ Vampire Weekend) Austin, TX

Apr 27 Counterpoint Music Festival Kingston Downs, GA

Apr 28 Sloss Furnaces (w/ Vampire Weekend) Birmingham, AL

May 01 Liverpool Sound City Liverpool, United Kingdom

May 02 Soup Kitchen Manchester, United Kingdom

May 03 Live At Leeds Leeds, United Kingdom

May 04 Tees Sunday Live @ TheStorytellers Stockton, United Kingdom

May 06 Hare and Hounds Birmingham, United Kingdom

May 07 Oslo London, United Kingdom

May 16 Hangout Festival Gulf Shores, AL

May 17 Hangout Festival Gulf Shores, AL

May 18 Hangout Festival Gulf Shores, AL

Jun 19 Firefly Music Festival Dover, DE

Jun 20 Firefly Music Festival Dover, DE

Jun 21 Firefly Music Festival Dover, DE

Jun 22 Firefly Music Festival Dover, DE

Jul 04 Sasquatch Music Festival Quincy, WA

Jul 05 Sasquatch Music Festival Quincy, WA

Jul 06 Sasquatch Music Festival Quincy, WA

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