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Crystal Method Video Shoot in Hollywood

Posted in Music News, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2009 by worldromper

Crystal Method Come Back Clean Video ShootTuesday I went to check out a Crystal Method video shoot in Hollywood in a studio just off Santa Monica Blvd. The video was for the next single “Come Back Clean” off their album Divided By Night, a song which features the vocals of Emily Haines of Metric fame and beats from drummer Samantha Maloney (Hole, Motley Crue, Peaches).

All was quiet and hush-hush on set when I arrived at the chilly studio; it was a very different setting from the Infected Mushroom shoot that I attended which featured dozens of loud, chatty extras and a director with a megaphone.

Crystal Method Come Back Clean Video ShootThe concept of the video has Crystal Method’s two electronic rock musicians, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, switching off as cab drivers while picking up a rainbow of passengers (hot chicks, of course) who then fight, make out and otherwise get into drama. I heard very precious little of the actual song but was very interested to see the process which the video team created the setting: fake rain, steamers to fog up the cab windows, flashing strobe lights in blue, yellow, red and basically all those Hollywood tricks.

Crystal Method Come Back Clean Video ShootNeatest of all was the storyboard of comic-like strips that told the scene progression in picture form and listed the characters: smooth girl, preppy girl, punk girl and dolled-up girl. How fun it would be to be the mind behind video story design!

The director was très français with a mustache and everything and I was happy to see several females working in such a male-dominated environment. I didn’t get to talk to the superstars as they were busy filming, but will definitely watch for the video to come out in a month or two.

Crystal Method Come Back Clean Video ShootThe Crystal Method is on tour right now; their next West Coast date will be in San Diego at the Hard Rock Hotel on August 8 where they will be playing a DJ set.