Working with time-lapse footage, projections, a unique setting (the—possibly haunted—cavernous basement of Seattle’s legendary Moore Theater) and fractured editing, we created a music film that we think captures the “crazy” simmering within the song.
“I have this idea for a music film that involves kids riding around on bikes,” said Rockwell Powers. “I’m in!” said Peter. True story.
The air was charged. It was the Friday before Superbowl Sunday in Tacoma, Washington. After a victorious Stadium High School basketball game, Elk & Boar and friends took over the Stadium gymnasium where an all ages party ensued.
We’re proud to present the official music film we created for Elk & Boar’s “Ten Steps”—directed by our own Sarah in collaboration with Kirsten from Elk & Boar
“FRAGILE music equipment” is written in big, stenciled letters on the crate holding Sam Coomes’ keyboard. Which must be a joke, because if you’ve ever seen Quasi perform, you know the extent to which he brutalizes his instrument—whaling on the keys with his fists, banging chords out with his forehead, lifting it up and bashing it against his chest, and basically subjecting it to any other ferocious paroxysm that seems to consume his passions at the time. Meanwhile, Janet Weiss assaults her drum kit in a far less violent but no less expressive manner—measuring out chord and tempo changes with virtuosic artistry. Quasi’s was a performance not to be missed—enjoy “The Rhino” as seen stage-side from their Main Stage set at the first annual TIMBER! Music Festival.
It was that time of day when the sun was at its highest, with a hint of heat-induced delirium creeping over the crowd, when the witchy tree people of Kithkin took to the Main Stage at TIMBER! Outdoor Music Festival.
What happened next was a frenzy of music and mania and maybe even sorcery that spellbound the audience and provided one of the most memorable sets of the weekend. So much happened—guitars were played with teeth, Lemolo’s Kendra jumped on stage for an impromptu drum jam, Kithkin’s Kelton Sears wandered through the crowd preaching post-apocalyptic screes and a banana was eaten. Into the microphone.
“This is awesome—I can’t think of a better place to be than here, right now” admitted Brandon Summers of The Helio Sequence as they headlined the Main Stage during last weekend’s TIMBER! Outdoor Music Festival in Carnation, Washington.
We’re sure few in the audience would disagree with that sentiment. An immense summer sky was darkening, the trees looming, the stars blinking on and a sunburnt, euphoric July day of music—surrounded by Tolt-McDonald’s fir-spiked wonderland—was on the verge of culminating in an incredible set. Benjamin Weikel’s precise, radiant percussion splintered and skittered gloriously across Summers’ vocals, guitar work and harmonica—washing over the crowed as clear and certain and abundant as the river waters nearby.
We invite you to come stage-side with us and our camera and witness a portion of Weikel’s awe-inspiring performance during Harmonica Song in this first of several TIMBER! Stageside Films!