When we last brought you Antennas Up they were presenting us with the mind bending clip for “The Awkward Phase,” which combined wild visual editing and a blast of every stop on the color palette. This after the first clip for “Coming On,” which featured a man in a horse mask running amok through the streets of Kansas City and crashing a photo shoot with sexy ladies and a wealth of balloons and confetti. It’s pretty clear that Antennas Up is a band that does things in their own unique way, and for their new video “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” they take the traditional spirit of giving and happiness and turn it on its head!
Allison Geddie is not your typical American girl. Born in NYC, Allison began her fascination with music and the arts. At twelve years old she was already sowing the seeds of what has grown into a love of composing and recording music. Schooling herself on artists like Ben Harper, Alanis Morisette, and Rob Thomas, she picked up her father’s guitar and began instinctually writing her own songs.
After attending school in New Zealand, as a part of her film pedigree she traveled to Los Angeles, Germany, and even Afghanistan. All in all, her travels have taken her to over 30 countries. After her travels around the world, Allison settled back in Los Angeles and rediscovered her calling as a music artist.
At the behest of legendary producer David Foster, songwriter and producer Greg Critchley (whose credits include Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana, Michelle Branch, and “High School Musical”) enthusiastically took on the task of producing Geddie’s debut album, Everything You Don’t See, which features Nelly Furtado guitarist Mike Krompass, and Goo Goo Dolls guitarist Greg Suran. The notoriety was quick to follow, with song placements on ABC’s The View and All My Children, opening spots for Blue Öyster Cult, Tristan Prettyman, and Justin Nozuka. With her single for “Wait,” she has taken all of the layers of musical vulnerability and intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics to create a song with endless possibilities.
To help accomplish the sweeping grandeur of “Wait,” Allison has enlisted the help of X Factor UK season 7 finalist, Storm Lee, one of the most unsung heroes of the music world with his contributions to everything from Diane Warren to Ozzy Osbourne to performing over 400 songs as a backing vocalist for Glee, to lend a smooth baritone to compliment her delicate soprano delivery. They trade verses with the strength and conviction of artists who have felt the weight of every lyric they sing. When they lock together for the chorus our hearts melt into our stomachs listening to the memorable hook.
Formerly the leader of the excellent punk-rock/reggae trio Groundscore, Zach Bellas returned as a solo artist, using his smooth tenor, and exquisite songcraft to produce pure and honest rock and roll. A seasoned performer, Bellas has played over 800 shows in 27 states since beginning his music career back in 2007. All of that vast experience shines through in his sure-footed sound. He’s released five albums on his very own label, SMB Records, including his latest–Let Me Out–which is the first one credited to Zach Bellas and The Company Band. Produced by Frank Marchand (whose credits include work with Bob Mould and Nils Lofgren), Let Me Out is a non-stop, tour de force of rock and roll euphoria. HIP Video Promo is pleased to present the clip for its first single, “Hello”.
We met up with UK-based Longfellow in NYC during CMJ last month to discuss their video, “Kiss-Hug-Make Up.” It was a pleasure to meet these guys. Check it out…
Drawing inspiration from an eclectic array of influences, rising LA-based songwriter/performer ALEXEI premiered his debut single/music video, “Kingston Blue,” this week and it’s an unbelievably powerful first offering.
The video, directed by award winning writer / director David N. Donihue (SuperRadFilms.com) is a piece of cinematic art in the truest form that captures the viewer’s attention right from the get-go. Check it out below and be on the lookout for much more from ALEXEI in the coming weeks.
Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Nick de la Hoyde is a triple-threat for the modern age: singer, songwriter, and rapper. And although he may only be 20-years-old, the handsome, fresh-faced de la Hoyde has walked a long road of unexpected twists and turns, complete with sweeping highs and crushing lows. At 15, following his dreams of a professional football career, he moved to Barcelona where he remained for 4 years. He first began rapping as an outlet to express his frustrations, and then moved onto writing lyrics and melodies to his favorite instrumentals. Soon enough, his passion officially shifted from sports to music, composing original songs with his brother Joseph de la Hoyde (de la Aurora, Monks of Mellonwah) and promoting them online where a loyal fanbase quickly developed and continues to grow. (His Instagram account alone has gained well over 60K followers in a few short months.) Catching the interest of Chicago-based Hip Hop producer Lemoyne ‘LA’ Alexander (R. Kelly, Aaliyah), Nick was invited to the USA to collaborate. The first fruit of this international partnership is de la Hoyde’s outstanding debut single, “The Longest Way.” HIP Video Promo is very proud to present the accompanying clip, in all of its stunning, widescreen glory.
With a smooth and nimble flow and a sound that boldly brings back some of that classic boom-bap flavor, Jelani Lateef (aka J Fury) is one of the premiere, up-and-coming independent rap artists in Chicago. But the road has been long, winding, and difficult. After cutting his teeth in Chi-town’s battle rap circuit, Lateef’s interest in making beats led him away from the mic to work with other Chicago-based artists as a producer. Eventually, he began managing artists as well. Without knowing the business side of the music industry, however, many of these collaborations ultimately ended in a series of frustrating losses, setting him back to square one. Determined to soldier on, Lateef eventually got back behind the mic, and began his solo career. He formed the Manhood Ent. production company, and after a series of mixtapes began stirring up buzz, he released his first official album, My Soul to Keep, in 2011, making waves, opening doors, and setting the current scene. This past Summer, Lateef dropped the sequel–My Soul to Keep 2–and has recently released a brand new single and video that is sure to turn heads. HIP Video Promo is proud to present the wildly creative clip for Jenali Lateef’s “The Lyrical”.
Are you ready for the ultimate runaway bride video? The clip for “Broken Halo feat. Nicholas Braun,” the new single from the Los Angeles electronic duo Phantoms, condenses ambivalence about matrimony into four glorious minutes of boozing, sex, flames, motorbike rides, and fast food consumed while sitting on the curb. Nichole Bloom plays the bride with delicious abandon — and her flight from the altar is captured in all its turbulent beauty by director Ace Norton.
Phantoms is a relatively new act, but it’s already begun to make waves worthy of Southern California. The duo has been featured in Billboard magazine, toured the country with Com Truise, and is poised to release its debut album. “Broken Halo” is a taste of things to come: a pulsing, seductive electronic pop song with an effortlessly catchy release. The sound is sleek and modern, but the compositional architecture is classic.
Little is known about the mysterious singer/songwriter Percy Way. On his website, he modestly describes his sound as “a nice blend of pop and edgy rock guitars”, and a short bio gives us only a glimpse of the man himself. It describes him as a multi-instrumentalist and producer who has been involved in a variety of musical projects over the years but has finally decided to take the reigns entirely: writing, recording, and producing his new solo project, in order to bring the songs into “a more intimate focus.” He has recently released a brand new single, and HIP Video Promo is pleased to present the simple and striking clip for “In My Dreams.”
Rarely does a band come along that creates a sound so instantly soothing and blissful that it captures your heart before the chorus even hits. Polyvinyl Records latest signees, Alvvays, pull this off in spades, resulting in an extraordinarily joyous experience for the lucky listener. Delicately blending elements of 60’s inspired indie pop and the sounds of some of the best heart-wrenching female-fronted alternative bands of the 120 Minutes era, within a year of their inception the Toronto-based quintet have already found their sweet spot. Think Best Coast meets Belle & Sebastian. Since its release earlier this year, the band’s self-titled debut record has been met with universal praise, quickly establishing Alvvays as one of 2014’s must-hear acts. Nylon Magazine calls them “…a complete collision of everything we already love: singalong lyrics, a guitar- driven backbone, and a sun-drenched vibe…” HIP Video is exceptionally pleased to present the band’s bittersweet new video for their winsome single, “Archie, Marry Me.”