MxPx takes the stage, to their opener "My Life Story".
Hey, we all do it... right?
I took an afternoon to walk and light rail around the city, while filming a bit as I went. It was an extraordinarily wet day as you'll see. Filmed on a Canon 5D MK II with a 60mm Yashinon 2.8 macro lens.
Sunset, in the Yakima River canyon. Spanning the distance between Ellensburg and Yakima, Washington, this canyon is peaceful, scenic, and recreational. Wineries dot the landscape and a single train track parallels the river. On any given summer day, you'll see tons of boaters and fly fisherman. Shot on a DJI Mavic Pro in October of 2017.
Teenage Wrist, live in Phoenix, AZ ("Dweeb"Audio taken from their debut album "Neon Chrome Jesus" out March of 2018).
My son and I had the opportunity to collaborate on some video and photo work in Phoenix for metal band, Cons. I'd first heard of them due to their guitar player having played in The Bled for years. Their EP "Slowhealer" was produced by Saosin mastermind Beau Burchell and I knew that if he worked with them, their output would stand head and shoulders above the competition. Without question, that assessment is spot on. The 5 tracks (7 if you've got the hard copy) are heavy, intricate, ambient, shredding, and powerful. Give these dudes a listen and let me know what you think. Recommended if you like Oh, Sleeper, Norma Jean, Saosin, The Bled.
While spending approximately 36 hours in Bremerton at famed Monkey Trench Studios, owned by legendary punk stalwart Mike Herrera, the guys and I sporadically decided to shoot a music video. With some serious limitations (my DSLR w/ video was in the repair shop) we set out to tackle this obstacle and still create something visually interesting. As we started talking, I had an idea to pay homage to the cult classic movie "Serenity", which opens with a 5 minute long scene, shot all in one cut, walking through the space ship, introducing each character, while never once cutting to a different camera. We achieved this result, shooting with a single GoPro, fixed to a microphone stand, held in my right hand. In my left, I held an LED Video light, purposely meant to "wash out" the artist, Mr. Jesse Lawson. I wanted this to look really raw, even to the point that the band decided that we shouldn't crop out the one faux pas from the shoot-- my hand in the bathroom mirror reflection. After a few test runs without the camera, we had each person set with their purpose in the video. I started the camera rolling and immediately backed up into a chair, falling over. I paused and started again, and from that point, the guys nailed it in one take. I merged the audio track with the video, converted to Black and White, adjusted the contrast a bit, and uploaded to Youtube. Without any further adieu, here it is. For as imperfect as it is, I'm really proud of the intent and purpose with which it was planned and shot. And, the song is killer. Enjoy.