I’ve been wanting to film Fences since 2007. Back in the day when myspace was a way to find new music, I came across demos of ‘My Girl The Horse’ and ‘Same Tattoos’. Both songs stayed with me as gentle, personal conversations that spoke directly to an imagined female character. I think Chris and I exchanged a few messages of mutual appreciation back in 2007 or 2008 but it wasn’t until 2011 that we met properly in Brooklyn, New York.
So, at first, everything that could go wrong, went wrong. Gale forced winds by the water, snow on a sunny day, spilled coffee, a new camera, last minute jobs, a birthday, a sick day – a plan, and then a rescheduled plan. Chris and the band were unfazed by all of this and we agreed to just meet up before his show and do a little filming in the basement at the Mercury Lounge.. As we hunkered down with Sara and the band, the morning’s chaos seemed a world away. Chris was so generous and easy to work with, we nailed the two songs quickly and within an hour we were back out on Housten St, leaning into the wind.
Thanks Lauryn for the camera, David for the mics, Kashi for the vibe-control and Sasha for carrying everything.
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