Wednesday, October 20, 2010

FOREST EYES video (& some words from Marcus)

 Premiere of the FOREST EYES video, below!

BUT FIRST: here's a fairly hilarious forward by Marcus on filming the video:

"This Forest Eyes video is a hybrid of two separate adventures, in different seasons of 2010. 

Half of it was filmed earlier this year, at the end of summer, and the second half was filmed a couple of months ago, at the end of winter. The first summer adventure was memorable for two reasons - Pepa and I had just finished recording Peter Pan and Forest Eyes in his home studio, we didn't have a band, or the support of anyone but our mothers, so we just put the songs on myspace with some footage that we shot on the central coast. It was weird. We filmed another part on a whimsical road trip I took with my flat mate, Sam, and photographer Shantanu Starick, to his home in Byron Bay. On this trip, something unusual took place... for it is where Sam and I developed the concept of UGLY DANCING. We had been working on it for a while, but it really came into full glory at one point near a field of sugar cane, where we pulled over, cranked some wild world music, and pulled all the worst dance moves we could. I got so overwhelmed by the ugly dance, that I slipped out of all my clothes and danced naked along the roadside, much to the delight of passing road train drivers (who gave me an almighty toot). Unfortunately, Shantanu was there to document it all and you can see some of that footage in the clip.

The second installment of the clip was filmed early on a Sunday morning in Winter. We had a gig on Saturday night, and all our friends came back to our house for a sleep over. We got up at 5:30am, grabbed anything that looked remotely like an animal costume (that included leopard print stockings, a nappy and pink overalls... believe me, it looks worse visually than it sounds). We hiked down into the forest, along a river in frenches forest to catch the sunrise on a secluded beach. It was freezing, no one enjoyed themselves, except for a one Pepa Knight, who snuck down a block of chocolate, and was secretly snacking with Jinja Safari bass player Joe Citizen. We lit a fire, danced around it, and everyone started feeling a little better about life... but if you keep an eye out for Alister Pattern's feet (percussionist / meercat), you'll notice they are frozen solid, purple, and round. But the round foot and hand thing is just how he was born, we call it one of his 'gifts'- He can play Djembe uninterrupted for hours, where boney spider fingers like mine exhaust immediately. Also, you can see our drummer, Jacob Borg, in a koala costume that we put on him, that he clearly doesn't want to be in. We told him he could leave his sunnies on, and that he would be a 'Party Koala' and all of sudden he was much more co-opperative.

So now we have done the round robbin of a full seasonal cycle and want to show you what can be done with, a couple of home video cameras, Terrible 'animal' costumes, little to no prior planning, a couple of kids from the block, and some face paint. Hope you enjoy."

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