The Band Explains: Livingmore - 'Sleepy Boy'
Livingmore talk us through the ideas behind their single and visuals for, ‘Sleepy Boy’, which explores the contrasts of life where happiness and sadness always co-exists throughout the world.
Where was the video for ‘Sleepy Boy’ filmed?
The video was filmed in the outskirts of Valencia CA. We wanted to convey a feeling of growing up in sort of an enclosed mundane suburban bubble where all you really have is a small group of friends that surround your day to day world.
How does the video connect with the song?
In the video the teenagers are figuring out who they are and putting all of their trust into one another. You can also compare that experience with being in a band, and in the video we are on the same road as the teenagers, crossing paths. It’s just life, there’s no real solution or breaking point. It’s just showing everyone in their natural environment whatever that may be.
Do you have any behind the scenes stories you could share with us?
The video was directed by my brother Dillon Moore who has worked with us previously and it's just always a really great time working together we just get each others vision and he always ads his own unique spin on things. The weekend we were originally suppose to shoot the video, was filled with intense rain so we had to not only re schedule but figure out quickly who was going to be in this video because no one was available when we rescheduled the shoot and my brother lives is New York now so we all had to really figure this out fast, but it was all meant to be because we found our lead actor Atticus Nations who crushed it! Also Spencer, Dillon and I found that huge 90s looking tv in the video as a free give away and it was so big in person getting that thing to where it needed to be up skinny apartment stairs was a "everyones going to get crushed like a cartoon character sort of experience" and I want to just close my eyes but oh look they lived you can stop your unwanted flashes of death now lol.
Can you tell us about the ideas/ themes/ imagery used?
Dillon shot the video all on 16mm film and it really created a very raw sort of gritty appearance that captured life in an organic way.
Is there a message the video is trying to convey?
The message in the song itself is conveying that tragedy and happiness is all occurring at the exact same time and being aware and taking in a lot of information and choosing how you're affected by it. Some take action others stay oblivious. I first pictured a child turning on a tv taking in the news when Spencer first played the haunting melody. I think having kids in the video is sort of an expression of moulding and changing and figuring out "who you want to be" lyrics that are stated throughout the song.
Interview feature by Karla Harris