The Band Explains: Veridian - 'Headlights' (Video)
Last month, Veridian released the video for their new single 'Headlights' and took the time out to talk us through the use of satire in their talent show themed visuals!
'Headlights' is taken from the band's debut EP, '40826D', which is out now via Primordial Records and you can read our review of the EP, here.
Where was the video for 'Headlights' filmed?
The video was filmed in a top secret location. Not like Area 51, you won’t get shot if you go there. It’s a public place. But if we told you where we shot it, we’d either have to kill you or our dearest friend will get the sack for letting us shoot there.
How does the video compliment the song?
When we were tracking it we felt like it had this burlesque vibe going on, so we wanted to capture some of that theatrical style in the video. Originally we were talking about going full Burlesque show, but unfortunately we didn’t quite have the budget. Or enough talented mates.
Any behind the scenes stories?
We were stupid enough to book the video shoot for the date after our final show of the Evarose tour. So everyone was a complete mess, exhausted, and looked like road kill. The interview scene was the final thing to shoot at around 3 in the morning. It was semi-improvised, Simon could barely say his name let alone remember a line. After calling it a wrap and setting all our expectations on going to bed, we learned that the microphone hadn’t been switched on and had to do it all again. Also, our Mimes went out and ordered an imaginary McDonlads in full mime mode, in a real McDonalds restaurant. The Guy taking the order even tried to mime back. He was awful and no one understood what he was trying to say.
Tell us about the ideas/ themes/ imagery used?
It’s old looking. It’s supposed to be a little bit quirky with outdated outfits, mimes, a ‘BANG!’ gun. It’s as creepy and weird as it is slapstick.
What is the message the video is trying to convey?
There is a message there, but it’s not supposed to be taken overly seriously. The video is supposed to be poking fun at the state of the industry and these vapid talent show competitions which are battery farming musical acts for children and the uninspired to consume. It’s not a hugely serious statement, it’s not a protest. We’re having a laugh at how shit things are, and how ridiculous those shows are. Purely out of bitterness, as Veridian’s sob story was never tragic enough to get us through to the Television auditions.
Interview feature by Karla Harris