“Who Knows” by The Rest, from the album SEESAW. Produced and Directed by Lee Skinner. From the director:
“This video takes advantage of the “rolling shutter” issue in digital cinematography, a problem inherent in all DSLR cameras with CMOS sensors. The progressive scan of each frame of video leads to the distortion of fast-moving objects, or sometimes turns shaky footage to jello. We turned that on its head and presented the effect creatively, as Guitars, cellos, desk fans, and hummingbirds become warped in a surreal way. An entirely in-camera effect with no post-production necessary.”
I’m just going to let The Rest tell you what happened.
THE STORY We started the record under the most heartbreaking circumstances when our friend, and the producer of our first two albums, passed away from a heart attack while playing hockey. We decided to honour him by recording at his converted church studio, in the same manner that we would have if he were there. We couldn’t have been happier with the initial results, and were looking at an April 2011 release date when an unexplainable hard-drive glitch deleted every morsel of sound we had recorded and mixed. Being a month away from completion, we exhausted every possible recovery source, and were almost without hope, until SEESAW eventually found its way to the same company responsible for airplane black box recovery. Almost six months after the process began, we miraculously had our album back. We had other hiccups (like one member disappearing for a week only for us to eventually find him in a hospital…), but I don’t want to write you a novel; mainly we just needed to take the recovered music and keep working.
Wow. Glad we’re getting to hear this. Below is a few tracks off the upcoming album from The Rest called “Seesaw”, plus the video for “Always On My Mind”. The band invited a few friends over to their rehearsal space to make a live video of the song with in one continuous take. Lots of singers, some animal costumes (courtesy of the Toronto Santa Clause Parade), a couple chalk illustrators, and a modest helping of beer made the session possible.
My kind of party.
Two nights down for Canadian Music week, and two more to go for me. Tonight will probably be a night at Lee’s with hopefully a final destination of Supermarket for Phantogram. But, I’ll have to see where the night takes me.
Last month when The Raveonettes released In And Out Of Control, fans were able to buy the record from select indie retailers, receiving an exclusive bonus disc featuring the songs Planes Do Crash and the jittery soda-shop stomp The Chosen One”. We’ve got the latter (The Chosen One) and now fans can buy both at ThinkIndie.com. The band is on their west coast tour, try their twitter for free tickets and myspace for the dates.
Hamilton’s The Rest have put together a their first music video for The Lady Vanishes, using the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name as the source material. Catch them at their Fall Ball at the Polish Combatants Hall this Saturday the 7th in Toronto.
oh, and also, for Feist fans. She’s doing a free show tonight at Bay and Bloor in Toronto for Holt Renfrew’s window unveiling. Free. 7pm. (according to twitter).
Good news for Hamilton band The Rest. Their album ‘Everyone All At Once’ will be released in the UK next week on the label Something In Construction (Memory Tapes, Air France, Loney Dear). To celebrate and support this, they’re heading to the UK for some tourdates with Sebastien Schuller and Kill It Kid (check their myspace for specifics).
Also, the band are working on a new EP that will be accompanied by an illustrated novel. Its called ‘The Cried Wolf Book’ andwill include 4 songschronicling the life of the boy who cried wolf as an adult. The book is illustrated by the bands’ good friend and surreal illustrator MLXNDRSC. They’ll be releasing each section online for free through Auteur Recordings every month until January first and the novel kicks off with our cover of Robyns‘With Every Heartbeat’, which can be downloaded and heard while viewing the first section of the story here. Check in next month for the next section including the song The Close Western.
Love it when bands try new ways of getting their music to people.