The Vagaband have just released a superb new video which ties in with Halloween perfectly, for one of my favourites “The Whistling Song” which also features Earl Harlem in a splendid role. It’s brilliant, please check it out, as well as their album Medicine for the Soul, available as CD, Vinyl, and download.
During the summer of 2014 we had an idea for a music video which was pretty much laid out in our heads but due to cash-flow was unachievable if we were to hire professionals in.
In the spirit of the band’s approach we opted to go DIY.
The coffins were built by our friend Matt Nunn (playing the undertaker), make-up was by Norwich’s own Flamingo Amy with photography by Sarah Jane. It was filmed at home where we recorded the album with a second location shoot at Southwold.
It was a pretty ambitious thing to achieve – and lots of fun. None of us had attempted music video direction, filming or editing but we think it’s turned out pretty cool. So big thanks to all!
The only regret is that we didn’t get Flamingo Amy to play a Mrs. Doyle type character – endlessly fussing around the band with a tray of tea and chapel sandwiches whilst blowing her nose and weeping!
You can download the song and the new album ‘Medicine For The Soul’ via iTunes, Amazon, our website or purchase the album on CD and vinyl from Amazon, HMV and many more online outlets.
It certainly captures the mood and the feel of the song well and looks great fun. I love it!
They also released a promo video of my previous favourite song of theirs – The Ballad of El Molino – filmed during their triumphant set at the recent Maui Waui Festival, it captures the sound and musicianship superbly, albeit lacking some of the noise of the large crowd in a fantastic atmosphere inside the tent but I’ll link another one for that.
Here are some photos of a few of the scary sights around the city…
richard shashamane 2014