The Band Explains: they owe us - 'Harvest Time'
Swedish duo they owe us talk to us about their peculiar visuals for infectious indie electronic groove, ‘Harvest Time’.
Where was the video for "Harvest Time" filmed?
How does the video connect with the song?
The video connects to the song a lot. Mainly the feel, colours, etc. We wrote the song close to these woods and fields. We didn’t want a story told by actors, so we invited kids to come mess up some stuff, because that's the vibe we've got in the studio. Pick an instrument and do something about it. Annie, who filmed the video, has a great eye and really understood what we wanted.
Do you have any behind the scenes stories you can share with us?
There were some hard parts - the masks would fall off all the time. It was also tricky to have the kids get the letters right in the graffiti painting, and to sync the filming schedule to dusk! However, setting fire to the piano was just fun and easy!
Could you tell us about the ideas/ themes/ imagery used?
Christian Brix, our guy who does all our artwork, came up with the first theme with the kids wearing masks. That led us to the video's start.
Kris had the idea of using molotovs. Last summer, when we were supposed to record the video, we had the warmest and driest summer in over a hundred years. Since there's a lot of fire in the video, that forced us to slow down the process a bit. But while waiting, Rane came up with a bunch of new angles and ideas.
Is there a message the video is trying to convey?
We have a huge love for nature and we care about it, get inspired by its calmness, and then how raw and loud it can be the very next second. As we grew up as outsiders, we often connect to a view of "when wrong is right" and "ugly is beautiful". Setting a piano on fire is our way to say "this is how we want to play today”.
Interview feature by Karla Harris