Local Frames: New videos from Now, Now, Chastity Brown, Free Energy, and more
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before.
While it's impossible to shine a spotlight on all of the great music video work going on around the area, Gimme Noise has created a regular segment, Local Frames, which will help bring some much deserved attention to a few of the standout videos of the moment from local bands or those filmed by local directors.
Here's our sixteenth installment of Local Frames, featuring ten recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.
Now, Now - "The Pull"
2012 was a tremendously successful year for the Minneapolis trio Now, Now, and deservedly so. Their captivating recent record, Threads, found it's way onto many prominent year-end lists, and their spotlight should continue to shine bright in the new year as well. The group has just been tapped as the opening act for Minus the Bear and Circa Survive's massive spring tour, which should bring their enthralling tunes to even more new listeners. While Now, Now's new video for "The Pull" ends up being more of a tease than anything else (considering the band never truly comes into focus during the brief clip, while also robbing us of the full kick of "Prehistoric," which immediately follows "The Pull" on Threads), it still serves to show how beguiling their music truly is.
Chastity Brown - "I Left Home (North Shore Sessions)"
Before Chastity Brown wins over a sold-out First Avenue crowd at the Current's birthday party on Friday night, the soulful singer/songwriter just released this intimate clip of her and the band playing a stirring version of "I Left Home." This North Shore Session was recorded in Gethsemane Church in downtown Minneapolis, and finds the group delivering an uplifting, bluesy take on one of the standouts to Brown's glorious recent record, Back-Road Highways. After the First Ave gig, the group is set to hit the road throughout the Midwest over the next few months, including a show at Icehouse on January 25 with Bomba de Luz and Brian Laidlaw & the Family Trade.
Free Energy - "Girls Want Rock"
The guys in Free Energy left Minneapolis (and their celebrated Hockey Night roots) years ago for the larger scene of Philadelphia, but (just like with the Hold Steady) area music fans will always think of the East Coast band as being somewhat local. The catchy crew are back with a new album, Love Sign, and this sunny new video for "Girls Want Rock" finds the band living some rock 'n roll cliches in a decidedly tongue-in-cheek fashion. Free Energy are currently in the midst of a large U.S. tour, one which finds them returning to the Twin Cities with a sure to be spirited show at the Turf Club on January 26.
Kill The Vultures - "Moonshine (Live at First Avenue)"
This rousing live clip of Kill The Vultures slaying a First Ave crowd with "Moonshine" comes from last year's Welcome to Minnesota tour with Atmosphere, Big Quarters, MaLLy, and BK-One. Crescent Moon pours everything he's got into the track, of course, while Anatomy provides the indelible beats as the song gradually builds in momentum. Surely, those at this show who didn't know about Kill The Vultures before the gig found out exactly who they were in a major way.
France Camp - "Let's Roll (Live on Radio K)"
One-time Howler bassist France Camp is now settling in on his own with his current band, and the quartet recently dropped by Radio K's studio for a scintillating set of songs. "Let's Roll" finds the group charging through their spirited modern take on the classic surf/garage-rock sound, with Camp using every inch of the studio space as he flails about, lost in the energy of the song. The lively group is set to play with the Goondas at the Crashed Ice After-Party at Amsterdam on January 25.
Not surprisingly, Fuck Knights have come out with a wild, decidedly NSFW video for "13 Dead Cats." In the playful clip, the group is playing while packed in the corner of a basement which looks like it has hosted its fair share of untamed house parties. Clothes get shed, while pasties get spun, all while the band is hamming it up in front of the cameras. Fuck Knights are set to hit the road in February as part of what they are calling the "Freeze Yer FuKn Balls 'n Ovaries Off Micro-tour," which kicks-off at the 331 Club on February 15.
Andy Elwell - "Your Will"
Local singer/songwriter Andy Elwell pays tribute to his fascination with wrestling during his younger years during this clip for the plaintive track "Your Will." While vintage clips of WWE wrestling hi-jinks plays out behind him, Elwell appears with facepaint reminiscent of the Ultimate Warrior, Sting, an other wrestling superstars, standing in stark contrast to the mournful acoustic sounds of the track itself. "Your Will" is taken from Elwell's diaphanous recent record, Brave Soul, and the video for the track was directed by Alex Bowes.
Gaines - "We Are (Featuring Chance The Rapper)"
Minnesota-reared MC Gaines partners with Chicago's Chance The Rapper for the assured "We Are." The track is drawn from Gaines' new mixtape, Night Crawler: Reloaded, while the video was shot/edited/directed by Kevin Ceccon. The smooth song finds the MC searching for a better way forward, while also managing a slight diss of inconsistent (and rather diminutive) Timberwolves point guard J.J. Barea.
Southside Desire - "Fast Hands"
Soulful Minneapolis sextet Southside Desire's video for "Fast Hands" finds fun-loving puppets hitting up Zipps and Palmer's Bar during their madcap adventures that come to a rough end, as late nights on the West Bank often do. The clip was directed by the group's back-up vocalist Gloria Iacono, while the puppets were skillfully handled by various members of the band as well. "Fast Hands" comes from the group's 2012 record, Songs To Love And Die To, and if you like the sound of the video, you should definitely check out the album--it's more of the same upbeat, relentlessly catchy neo-soul.
The Best Love Is Free Video Series - Episode 4 Featuring Sophia Eris and Friends
The Best Love Is Free video series rolls on in anticipation of their forthcoming show at the Fine Line on February 9 (featuring performances by Cecil Otter, Later Babes, I, Colossus, and Sophia Eris). The fourth episode of the series finds Eris joined by Regional Dialect and Sexy Delicious (as well as her cohort in the Chalice, Lizzo) for a soulful, hypnotic jam. The clip, like all videos in the series, was directed by Adam J. Dunn, who captures the crew in a relaxed, soulful vibe, while also giving a hint of what you can expect to see and hear at the Fine Line in February.
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