The Band Explains: Tall Pines - 'The Day Is Gone' (Video)

Photo by Helen Smith
Kelly of Brisbane trio Tall Pines talks us through the ideas behind the band's dark single and slapstick macabre music video, 'The Day Is Gone'.

'The Day Is Gone' invites its listener on a gloomy journey through a combination of grunge, shoegaze, sludge, punk and pop. The track features chilling, chiming and jangling guitars that leisurely build into an oppressive, heavy, feedback-drenched chorus with haunting vocal hooks and intriguing layered melodic harmonies.

Tall Pines Explains
Where was the video filmed?
The video was filmed over a few locations here in Brisbane, Australia by Luis Sanchez and Jason Cahill. Mainly in Dutton Park and Toowong cemeteries. Which are both very beautiful but also very creepy turn of the century cemeteries with very old almost decrepit looking parts which looked fantastic on camera and really added to the gloomy feel.

How does the video compliment the song (if at all)?
The song is pretty dark sonically so we wanted something that complements that sound. What better way than a cemetery?! We also did want to infuse a bit of humour in there so that it's not too angsty hence the slapstick routines.

How does the video compliment the song?
I did have super freaky dreams during filming of the clip, to this day I'm not sure if the dead were trying to punish me or what. I swear there was no desecrating of graves throughout the process :) We also shot it guerilla style so we were trying to do it low key without attracting the attention of the caretakers. A feat which is very difficult when you are running around with a sheet on. There were lots of moments of playing it cool and pretending that we weren't shooting a music video.

Tell us about the ideas/ themes/ imagery used?
The basic concept of the video came from a cool black and white photo of a ghost chilling in a cemetery. We liked the aesthetic, and we mapped out an idea that fit the lyrical concepts of the song which are about finding comfort in moments of chaos/grief.

What is the message the video is trying to convey?
I would not say that we are trying send a message with the video, simply trying to create a visual companion to the song, which I do believe we have achieved. Besides I think this is all subjective and people should make their own meaning :).

Interview feature by Karla Harris