Local Frames: New videos from Retribution Gospel Choir, Usonia, Farewell Milwaukee, and more
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before.
While it's impossible to shine a spotlight on all of the great music video work going on around the area, Gimme Noise has created a regular segment, Local Frames, which will help bring some much deserved attention to a few of the standout videos of the moment from local bands or those filmed by local directors.
Here's our nineteenth installment of Local Frames, featuring ten recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.
Retribution Gospel Choir - "Seven"
Duluth's Retribution Gospel Choir have a bit of a laugh for their official video for "Seven," one of only two expansive, 20+ minute songs on their just-released new record, 3. The guys all don humorous winter masks while doing interpretive dances along to the song's slow-burning, hypnotic churn (helped along by Nels Cline's guest guitar solos). The video was shot in slow-motion, so Alan, Steve, and Eric weren't dancing for the full 21 minutes, but it's still a whole lot of fun to see how they all get down to the song's lingering grooves in that small, barren room.
Usonia - "Please (Live at The Pearl)"
Usonia are set to release their excellent new record, What's Fresh, at the Entry on February 15. "Please" is part of a set of three new songs that the band recorded live at The Pearl Recording Studio in Minneapolis, giving fans a concrete idea of what the new songs will sound like live with their expanded five-piece arrangement. "Please" has a summery swing to it, which we all certainly could use more of in the dead of winter, while also containing pleasing echoes of the UK electropop outfit, Metronomy. With the release of this polished new batch of songs, hopefully 2013 will be a breakthrough year for Usonia.
Farewell Milwaukee - "The Night Is Falling For You"
The Americana-drenched, Twin Cities-based quintet Farewell Milwaukee have taken a unique approach for a series of videos taken from their most recent record, When It Sinks In. The group has chosen to focus on artisans with unique talents who have become a natural, and perhaps under-appreciated, part of modern society. In this lovely clip for "The Night Is Falling For You," directed by Chad Echols and Serena Kuo, the wedding cake designer Lauren Bohl is shown making someone's special cake from start to finish, which only adds to the sentimental appeal of the song itself.
Heaven On Howitzers - "Great Hills Pt. 2 (Live on Radio K)"
Explosive new local trio Heaven On Howitzers recently laid waste to the Radio K studios with a raucous live session, highlighted by this urgent, thunderous version of "Great Hills Pt. 2." The group is made up of Tim Leick, Jr., Cole Benson, and Ali Jaafar, talented guys who local music fans can easily recognize from the many other bands they also play in (Prissy Clerks, S M M N R, Hollow Boys, to name just a few). This new combo sounds great together--with their highly inventive musical styles meshing forcefully to form a highly combustible sound.
The Best Love Is Free Video Series Ep. 8 feat. Rapper Hooks & Sean Anonymous
The big Best Love Is Free party and CD release show is set to go off this Saturday at the Fine Line, featuring live performances by Cecil Otter, Later Babes, I Colossus, and Sophia Eris of the Chalice. And all month long they have been releasing captivating, free-style videos from some of the talented artists around the Twin Cities to get everyone psyched for the show, and this brief clip of Rapper Hooks and Sean Anonymous is one of the best of the bunch. While it was sad to hear the recent announcement that the Tribe & Big Cats! are calling it quits (with a farewell show at the Triple Rock on March 1), you know that Rapper Hooks is still going to be making music as fresh as this, no matter what he decides to do next.