I’ll be going to The Fillmore in Miami Beach for the first time to see Band of Horses on October 16th! This will also be my first time seeing BOH live, and I have heard that they are great live performers. After all, live music is really where it’s at!
A band spends all this time and energy making an incredible album. For a video director, the challenge is breaking into the club as an outsider and gaining the trust of the band. It’s the best when I feel I am partnering with the band, using their sensibilities combined with my own to do the part they can’t.
The “Knock Knock” video was the perfect combination of three things. First of all, as a fan, I had a genuine interest in making something that felt like the band had made it themselves. I didn’t want it to feel too slick. Second, I grew up in the area where we shot the video; when BOH wanted to shoot there, I already had all the locations picked. And third, I wanted to pay tribute to the old nature films I remember from school. Those old films were all about a bunch of guys going to exotic places and staging adventures, with very little craft or consideration to lighting or aesthetics: shooting in the middle of the day, staging scenes in really artificial ways, strange eye lines from reading cue cards, etc. It was really fun and sometimes difficult to get my head around trying to make things look bad, but not too bad.
– Video’s director, Jared Eberhardt
We had some really great treatments sent to us from different directors, but this one stood out as the most interesting and fitting for our personalities. Jared really made us feel at ease, even in the planning stages before the shoot. He listened to our concerns and took extra care to make us feel like we stayed within our element, while at the same time pushing us to get good performances. It was a hell of a long day, but an exciting adventure for us in getting to see these beautiful parts of Utah and being around the great group of people that Jared hired for the shoot.
It seems fitting that we’d finally get to shoot a video around Salt Lake City, as we’ve got a song that pays tribute to the area called “The Great Salt Lake” from our first album. Better late than never.
– Band of Horses singer, Ben Bridwell