Narrative: A man searches for a lost love.
Performance: The band plays in a brown room.
Song: Big, sweeping, blah.
Why You Should Watch It: The earth tone/dirt/mud color scheme and song blend together into a muddy swirl of “meh” for me. Blame the genre, I don’t love the Saosin post-hardcore stuff – though the production here’s pristine. What I really want to feature with this video is the band’s performance. Conceptually it’s nothing special, but visually it’s such a change of pace from the usual high energy, quick cutting, handheld feel that usually accompanies smaller bands’ performances.
Here, by staging the band in seats to start, the director builds a tension that releases when the lead singer springs to his feet at 2:07. When the rest of the band follows at 3:41, we can see how tight they are as a unit. The camera points it out; lingering in long, slow dolly shots. These guys play with energy, with passion and with precision.
Good on them. So many bands with flashy videos don’t even bother to get that right.
Chris Cullari | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles |@Chris_Cullari | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC |