“Would anyone like a pair of used lizard eyes?”
Out of context, it probably sounds pretty weird. But after this day of shooting, you would have acclimatized to that sort of thing already.
Somehow I merited an invitation to the shoot for the next music video from the Jesus Rehab, who you may remember I kind of really like. The song is “Mind Readers,” which unless I’m mistaken hasn’t appeared on any official JR release yet but is played frequently at their shows. As the video below will illustrate, one of the tune’s best bits is the repetition of the line “We’re all slaves to the Lizard King” (which, Jared and Dom will tell you, is NOT a reference to the Doors, so put away your Jim Morrison body pillow).
That particular line makes up the central premise for the video. I won’t reveal much more than that, story-wise, but I will say it’s their most ambitious video yet.
Here’s some photographic evidence of how much fun we had.
Somewhere around twenty people showed up in dressed to the nines – ranging from formal wear to actual Halloween costumes – and filled up a tiny basement not far from the University District. I myself didn’t come with a costume, as I didn’t expect to be in the video, but I managed to put a few things together from around the house. See if you can guess which one is me!
I’m glad I didn’t bring my luchador mask, though, as that would have been too similar to the lead actor (pictured above, I doubt I need to point him out). The costumed crowd has come to see some excessive violence, and the mysterious masked challenger is ready to oblige them.
The video will oscillate between this scene and one with the band, in an adjoining room decorated with Christmas lights and animal masks. It is a similarly tiny space, but the JR make raucous use of it.
After six hours of shooting, the video is now in the editing stage, and is scheduled to be finished and released by December. Shooting and editing with Live Eye TV is a big step for the band, whose past videos were done with markedly lower production value – without being any less enjoyable, of course.
Here’s the one for “Holiday,” off of last year’s Drunken Hillbilly Fight Bar, featuring Julia Massey and the brothers as Dancin’ Fools 1 and 2.
Just the one stationary camera shot, but it does the trick – and it’s not much different from what’d you see at an actual Jesus Rehab show.
Then there’s the single “We’re A Family,” shot with a bit more complexity but also goofy, awkward and sweet (just like any proper family). Again featuring Julia Massey, albeit not in her human form but rather her blue-haired sock puppet form.
And I’ll count this one, even though they probably didn’t shoot Felix Baumgartner’s Red Bull-sponsored space-jump themselves; they still managed to pair it pretty well with “Long Way To Fall” (also from Drunken Hillbilly Fight Bar).
With “Mind Readers,” they’ve combined professional quality cameras and lighting with incredibly detailed storyboarding. As fun as it was to shoot, it will be even better to see the finished product. Look for it in December!