We've finally finished the first half of the Circle Takes The Square video we shot back in 2014 at the legendary 924 Gilman. The set consisted of a complete playthrough of the 2011 Rites of Initiation EP (the first half of their 2012 full-length, Decompositions Vol. 1)
This turned out to be one of the more difficult jobs we've done. We had to re-edit it twice as we figured out the new three-camera workflow, and the process went pretty slowly aside from that due to the complexity of the music. But we're pretty happy with the results. Doing this one in black and white was half a stylistic decision, and half because we were using our old, crappy equipment which made color correction extremely challenging.
Much gratitude to band in-law and producer of the album these songs came from, Anthony Stubelek, for providing some board audio for our use.
A few words on why we've been pretty quiet as of late. Our primary videographer was involved in a motorcycle accident in July, which fortunately did not lead to any series permanent injury, but unfortunately did result in the destruction of much of our video equipment, including our main handheld camera. We've been slowly replacing everything as insurance settlements have been paid out, and should be back filming some shows in the next couple of months. Oddly enough, the incident occurred just a few miles from the official site of SBP's founding, US 101's exit 667a.
In a separate event that unlike the other was totally our fault, the GoPro we generally use for those awesome behind-the-drummer shots got wet and it fried the shutter button, so we're looking to replace that in the coming weeks as well.
We'd like to take this opportunity to remind you that you can support our work and cover these unanticipated costs by making a purchase from our Cafepress shop (which has the added benefit of free publicity for us) or making a contribution through PayPal. We'll send anybody who does so some stickers with which to adorn the dark, vomity corners of your favorite divey music venue. That, and our eternal gratitude.
Thanks for your patience, we'll have some new stuff for you sooner than later.
Sorry for the lack of output in the past few weeks. We've been moving our editing setup and haven't had time to work on anything. To make it up for you, rather than giving you one Thursday video, we've cut two for your listening/viewing pleasure. OK, more like one and a half, as the second one is really just a single angle of drummer Keith Abrama playing the last song from our earlier Kayo Dot video, requested by the band. But the dude's amazing, so whatever.
This week's new video is a performance of "Cusp" from Seattle supergroup Dust Moth, who opened at the same show. We'll have more stuff from them to share in the coming weeks, as well as some footage of San Francisco's Kowloon Walled City, who played second that night.
In other SBP news, things may be a little slow for a few weeks, as we're working on a contract project for our friend, prolific SoCal videographer and occasional SBP contributor Arturo Gallegos, and a promotional video for SBP. We'll also finally have merch ready very soon and are working on some minor tweaks to the website.
In an effort to further extend our tentacles into popular social-media venues, we've started a Soundcloud account, which is accessible through the icon at the top of the right column. We'll be using this new channel to highlight featured tracks and new additions to The Graveyard, and maybe will use it to host some original content in the future. We'll be posting something from the Graveyard every Tuesday, with other stuff occasionally peppered in in between.
Also, to spread things out a bit, we'll be moving our weekly video release to Thursday for the foreseeable future.
Our first track comes from the previously unreleased Thought Crime demo we received last month. Says singer John Aronno:
Redemption is another song that I really liked, unfortunately the vocal effects didn't end up in the mix and my voice was shot. We had just gotten back from our last tour when these were recorded.
We still think it sounds pretty good. Cool song, lots of what made this band great: interesting changes and timing at the end, catchy chorus. Enjoy and stay tuned.