BUG 46

29 Jan 2015 16:40 - posted by Phil Tidy

 

 

BUG 46 marked the return to our home at the BFI Southbank for two fully packed shows for the 1st time in 2015.

 

Adam ‘Dr Buckles’ Buxton also returned taking the hosting seat and taking us through amazing visual delights as well as a few “has to be seen" infamous YouTube commentary.

 

Special Director guest was John Hardwick who talked about his three decade spanning directing career. John has worked with artists such as Orbital, Arctic Monkeys, Blur and most recently Noel Gallagaher.  


BUG 46 Director's Cut programme notes.pdf

 

BUG 46 programme notes.pdf 

 

 



Joywave – Something New


We start tonight’s proceedings with the latest video by New York indie rock band Joywave, directed by perennial BUG favourite Keith Schofield. For Joywave’s Something New, Keith has taken the phenomenon of skateboard videogame glitches to a new level of tomfoolery. What appears like a conventional skate video, quickly transforms into a parallel universe of impossible skate tricks and super-disasters – all inspired by the physics-defying wrongness that can happen in videogames like Tony Hawkes’ Pro Skater series.

The Staves – Black & White


British director Jack Whiteley’s video for folk-rock sisters The Staves’ song Black & White establishes its delicious conceit from the start: the lady newsreader of an 80s Australian TV news show discovers that her suave co-host (and husband) is cheating on her with the weathergirl.

Panda Bear – Boys Latin


Another of our favourite directing teams, Encyclopedia Pictura, returned after a long hiatus late last year with a video for Metronomy. Now the San Francisco-based collective have followed that up with their first all-CGI work for Panda Bear’s Boys Latin.

Spoon – Do You


Another director who has featured regularly at BUG during the past year is Hiro Murai. The Japanese-American director’s exceptional work in 2014 secured him the Best Director gong at the UK Music Video Awards, and we have two more of his videos tonight. The first for US indie darlings Spoon’s Do You has the band’s frontman Britt Daniel driving slowly through Los Angeles as it’s being destroyed by mysterious forces.

Childish Gambino – Sober


Hiro Murai's second video is the latest in an ongoing collaboration with the American comedian, actor and hip-hop artist Childish Gambino, and also has the recognisable traits of their previous work together – conceptual simplicity, measured pacing, and a very distinctive off-kilter mood. Sober features a great. There is also a great performance by Donald Glover, aka Gambino.

Royal Blood – Out of the Black


David Wilson’s work is also familiar at BUG, a hugely imaginative director at home in both live action and animation. Occasionally he brings the two together, as he’s done with his new video. for the sensationally successful new British rock duo Royal Blood. It’s a high-octane action-comedy-horror involving a gas station heist by a psychotic alien inside a giant Easter bunny suit – and his pals. Animation created by Christy Karaca.

Clipping – Summertime


Carlos Lopez Estrada has emerged as one of the best young directors working in music videos in the US with a prolific output ranging from animation to making two videos combining live action and quirky use of VFX. Their wonderful just-released third collaboration for Summertime has a similar approach, adding cutouts of the rappers’ mouths to numerous unsuspecting residents of Venice Beach (or Santa Monica) to marvellous effect.

Dralms – Crushed Pleats


Cardiff-based filmmaker Ewan Jones Morris swings from working with his colleague Casey Raymond on music videos and art projects, and solo projects like his new video for Vancouver-based electronic pop band Dralms’ Crushed Pleats, which uses morphing effects to create some slightly disturbing transformations – starting with changing between a young man and woman before moving on to everyday objects and body parts.

Sleater Kinney – A New Wave


Following a triumphant return to action with their new album No Cities to Love, Sleater-Kinney have recruited the creators of US animated sitcom Bob’s Burgers to make the video for A New Wave. In the clip S-K’s Carrie, Corin, and Janet make a magical appearance when Tina Belcher, elder daughter of the show’s Belcher clan and trainee riot grrrl, starts playing their CD.

Blur – Out of Time


The career in music videos of tonight’s special guest, John Hardwick, goes back to the Nineties, when he made videos for Blur, Orbital and Travis. And it was for the latter in particular that he developed his distinctive tone of quirky comedy drama, sprinkled with surrealism that was slightly ahead of its time.

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