I love this song! The Urban Monks are a band that I first saw in concert performing note-for-note Beatles albums with the KW Symphony. Being a bit of a Beatles fan I took note and was sure to catch as many shows as possible. A few months later it turns out they had been hired to play at a wedding I was shooting (kate+andrew). They saw some of the footage and said, “wow, that’s really cool,” and since I was already digging their music, the idea to work together on a project came naturally. This is my first attempt at a music video; watching all the innovative videos in the 90’s was one of the things that attracted me to film making in the beginning (See Weezer’s video for Say it Aint So, another “guys jamming in a living room” style music video that I love, and drew inspiration from). Producing this has been a fun detour from my normal work and a great excuse to experiment. By now I’ve heard this song approximately 3.6 million times and it only gets better with each listen.
The song is called “Hook in my Mouth” by the Urban Monks. Composed by Pete Oldridge. Produced by Pete Oldridge and Rob McFee. Engineered by Rob McFee and Nick Iden. urbanmonks.bandcamp.com/
Lead voacals: Pete Oldridge // Bass guitar: Dave Neigh // Keys: Ryan Kimmich // Drums: Jonny Sauder
2nd Camera: Ben Kane // Best boy grip, PA, and BTS camera: Steven Yu
Formerly “Carly and Mark”, Roots & Crown is an awesome little folk band. Carly is a good friend of mine and does a lot of the hair and make up for my shoots. This was just a performance they put on to a tiny, tiny crowd of friends in Carly’s house.
Some photos from a Christmas party on December 18th, 2010. The band, Roots & Crown agreed to play the gig, having performed the previous day at Hamilton Place in front of over 1000 people. Ben Kane supplied the venue, a kick-ass loft tucked away in the side of an old factory.