ME WITHOUT YOU
TOOTH AND NAIL
“BULLET TO BINARY”
Shane C. Drake
September 8, 2003
Me Without You are five hard-rocking young men from Philadelphia, recording on the Tooth & Nail label. Their debut full-length CD, (A to B)Life was produced by the highly respected J. Robbins ( Burning Airlines, Jawbox). The song “Bullet to Binary” flirts with hardcore, but maintains enough of the indie spirit to defy easy characterization. Built around the sibling team of Aaron and Mike Weiss (lead vocals and guitar, respectively), Me Without You brings a kind of rugged individualism to a style of songwriting that is all too often formulaic and cliche-ridden.
The video clip is infused with the same spirit. It’s based on the classic children’s book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (a fine songwriter himself – his “A Boy Named Sue” and “On the Cover of The Rolling Stone”) .The performance footage is crisply shot in a brilliantly sunlit rural setting which creates a lively contrast to the band’s somber attire, just as the bucolic serenity contrasts with the driving energy of the performance itself. These scenes are intercut with a series of poignant monochromatic vignettes depicting the stages in man’s life from bright-eyed youth to weary and reflective old age. The song and the video form a tightly concentrated, unified whole, bristling with the kind of passionate energy the band bring to their live shows with not a wasted or superflous note, shot or cut.
Here at HIP Video we are fully stocked with Me WithoutYou goodies, including copies of their (A to B)Life CD. Tooth & Nail and HIP Video are also joining forces to bring you the “Beat the Heat” contest. Any programmer that adds the Me Without You’s video will be entered in a drawing to win the complete 2003 Tooth & Nail catalog (lots of cool bands), along with t-shirts for summer and hoodies for the fall. Call Andy Gesner at HIP Video Promo at 732-613-1779 or e-mail [email protected] to get all your Me Without You updates.. You can check out Me Without You’s website at www.mewithoutYou.com for any late breaking news.