Sat in my friend’s apartment before a night out, Jess said she had a treat for us, having just heard this song on the radio that afternoon. As the emotive first lyric kicked in, “After leaving her apartment…” everyone turned their curiosity towards the screen, watching Young the Giant perform ‘Apartment’ on a grassy mountain somewhere far from that living room. I had just recently decided to start a website filming bands playing tunes in different locations (this one); and was further inspired by this video to continue – which, mind you now has over half a million views.
In turns out Young the Giant had a similar idea; starting a sequence of online videos called ‘In the Open’ where they play different interpretations of their songs throughout their travels, in various locations. I pondered what the chances would be of doing a shoot with this unique quintet from across the seas.
And then there we were; (many thanks to their wonderful Australian rep at Roadrunner Records) filming Young the Giant at the Corner Hotel before they supported Grouplove earlier this year. Since first hearing them, Young the Giant have always been on my radar, having also played shows with Marina & The Diamonds, The Futureheads, Neon Trees and Grouplove. Seeing the band perform at the 2011 MTV Awards was a pleasant confirmation that they were on a lot of the right radars, including Morrissey’s, who referred to them as one of his favourite new bands.
Singer Sameer Gadhia has a trademark vocal delivery, crooning over the top of indie pop guitars. I’ve looked forward to posting this clip since before we even shot it; Young the Giant are consistently beautiful in their delivery of this song.
The above words were written by Charlotte Abroms.
Click here to watch on YouTube.
How often is it that you hear a song on a flavoured milk ad, write the lyrics in your phone and then look up the band later? For me, just this once.
Georgia Fair featured on a Big M ad in 2010 with their happy-go-lucky song ‘Picture Frames‘, that highlighted a group of laid back friends road tripping around Australia. And what better music to have as the theme of your summer than Georgia Fair? Thankfully to those of you living in the Southern Hemisphere, their debut album ‘All Through Winter’ was released just in time for summer; recorded in Asheville, North Carolina with Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses).
Singer/songwriters Jordan Wilson and Ben Riley are the Sydney duo behind Georgia Fair, now residing in Melbourne’s North, making waves supporting artists like Megan Washington, Lisa Mitchell and The Panics. Georgia Fair is a band that people are talking about; gaining a significant amount of industry interest, selling out popular venues, packing out their intimate gig at Pure Pop Records (where we filmed them) and soon to hit the road with The Howling Bells.
It seems that everyone is starting to catch onto the sun drizzled acoustic-folk pop tunes of Georgia Fair; filled with beautiful harmonies and sing-alongs it’s hard not be instantly captured.
Large Noises were lucky enough to film Georgia Fair at Pure Pop Records in a courtyard packed wall to wall with fans; waiting to have their CD’s signed. Fellow Large Noises Producer, Eliza Hull, turned to me and said, “This is what music should be like.” With their relaxed and humble nature, the boys didn’t let the attention get to them and casually belted out their beautiful song, Halfway Gone.
The introspective lyrics and gorgeous harmonies meant that for one brief moment mid-shoot our whole team looked at one another and smiled. As if to say, “This is going to be a good one.”
The above words were written by Eliza Hull & Charlotte Abroms.
Click here to watch on YouTube.