There are two things happening Murray and I wanted to share with you.
1) We’ve made lots of videos, and have never worked with a more PRO dude than director Christohper Mills. I think we get each other, so we’ll let him do the talking:
“We had 12 hours to shoot one video, and ended up shooting 2 videos in 10 hours. It was a near perfect day.
Everyone in the band was plugged in and slathered in baby oil, and a giant fan blew dust all over the room. Everyone was on point, we had our shit together, and got a ton of great performance in the can.
Then, as an afterthought, I pitched the idea of laying SAVIOUR down to tape – just because we could, and because it was my favourite song on the record.
MURRAY and THE DEARS very generously obliged, and, as always, MURRAY consumed himself with the song, and delivered what for me, was one of the most honest, most real music video performances I’ve been lucky enough to shoot in my 12+ years of making videos.
AUX.TV has been generous enough to pony up to help us get the very simple, post work done on this little nugget. I hope this song is as transformative for you as it has been for me.
Following SAVIOUR is DISCLAIMER or “the best video that nobody saw.” The “short film” premiers at 7PM ET on AUX.TV.
2) In the Fall of 1999, Murray, Roberto, John Tod and I holed up in Andy from The Nul Set’s house in Westmount. We drank all his parent’s booze (even the peppermint schnapps), moved their dining room table into the kitchen and put mattresses up against their century-old windows. Then we made an album: End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story. We made an album and had no idea what we were going to do with it. No label wanted to release it because, at the time, it was too out there. Now Magazine described it simply: “Expect riots.”
So to celebrate our first album’s tenth birthday, we’ve decided to give the album to you; no remix or remaster, no extra tracks or a tacky badge. If you haven’t heard it, then you should: it’s the original hot mess.
Visit our online store and get a free, high quality digital download of End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story with any t-shirt order.
OK, OK. Enough of the sales pitch.
Just a huge thank you to you, for your support over the years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds. However long it’s been. We’ll always love you back.
P.S. Murray pledges that The Dears will deliver the greatest rock album ever made, sometime next year.
We shot a video this weekend with totally awesome director Christopher Mills. It was the most un-stressful, pleasant filmmaking experience I had ever had…and I think the funnest shoot I have been on in a looooong time…like since…um, ever. The song was “Disclaimer,” which the whole band basically had to perform about 30 times in front of a green screen. Here are some photos of the band between takes. If our hair looks crazy its because there was also this giant fan blowing on us that kept knocking stuff over (cymbal stand, mic stand) and made me lose balance a few times. It was a really intense fan. And if we look greasy its because we are. We’re supposed to be underwater; doesn’t look like much just with the green screen but I think it’s gonna be cool. The director is the guy with the glasses. I also realised there are no pictures of me…but there are enough pics of me on this blog already…you can see the piano I was playing…