Written by Lauren Rosier
Magnetic Moon recording artists, Forty Feet Tall, share their new video for their song, “Julian.” The video is a high-stakes pursuit featuring the band across different urban settings featuring different modes of transportation “for a briefcase with mysterious contents.” They’re being followed by a mysterious, “rabbit-headed” character wearing an Adidas tracksuit throughout the video. You can listen to “Julian” on DSP’s here.
“The song came together as many of our songs do, as a sort of amalgamation of ideas,” explains vocalist/guitarist Cole Gann to American Songwriter.
“Brett [Marquette]’s heavy bass riff paired with the jabs of Jack [Sehres]’s guitar as I croon with a wink and a nod to bands like The Strokes or Arctic Monkeys. The end of the song was a turn from our normal high energy crescendo though, letting the instruments fade as the harmonies ring out, ending the song in an almost spooky void.”
“The video started as a romanticized beer run, a sort of post-apocalyptic adventure to find the last of the ale,” laughs Gann, describing the original video treatment that sounds less of a Guy Ritchie flick (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch) and more of a Simon Pegg one (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz). “But it quickly turned into a more sinister heist montage with a teasing ambiguity and intensity. What’s in the briefcase? Who’s behind the mask? And where the hell are we off to? The high stakes of a getaway complement the high energy of the song, but we always tried to keep an air of playfulness throughout. Our incredible director and editor, Haydn Cieri, strung our sometimes ridiculous ideas together and made them work, if not blossom under his vision.”
Watch the crazy, yet noteworthy track below.
Forty Feet Tall is Cole Gann (vocals/guitar), Brett Marquette (bass) Ian Kelley (drums), and Jack Sehres (guitar). A Good Distraction was self-produced and will be released via Magnetic Moon Records on March 12, 2021.
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