THE A.K.A.s (ARE EVERYWHERE!)
“DEAD FLOWERS FOREVER”
James Price (Transistor Studios)
June 19, 2008
Greetings music video comrades, it’s Andy Gesner and the staff from HIP Video Promo, back with a kinetic video from a thrilling young punk band. Their name boasts of their ubiquity and omnipresence – and they’ve backed up the boast by touring across the country non-stop. The A.K.A.s (Are Everywhere!) deliver infectious, urgent, socially-conscious punk-pop, and do so wherever and whenever they can. This summer, they’ll be catching up with the Warped Tour (they’ll be on the “Kevin Says” stage devoted to emerging artists) for fifteen dates, playing festivals with the Alkaline Trio, and somehow finding time for a quick swing through the Rocky Mountain states with The Frantic. Their energy is unflagging, their attitude is wonderfully pugnacious, their commitment to their fan base is remarkable, and their shows are explosions of light, sound, and color.
All that is more than apparent on Everybody Make Some Noise!, their hair-raising debut for Metropolis Records. Tracks like “Confessions of a Dangerous Mouth” and “This Is The Way We Move” manage to be simultaneously anthemic and confrontational, welcoming and challenging. Like the best punk rock bands, The A.K.A.s (Are Everywhere!) sound celebratory even when they’re at their most scathing – “Dead Flowers Forever”, the lead single, is both a vicious commentary on the state of the world and a raucous call to action. His voice dripping with contempt, frontman Mike Ski sings of “Valentine days and Hallowe’een nights”, and a complacent culture that has wrecked what ought to be the best days of his lives. He’s hard not to pull for; he’s an everyman voicing common frustrations, a two-fisted spokesman for brutal youth.
Transistor Studios are renowned for their own smart, edgy film-manipulation; they’ve done live-action work for the BBC, and animation for VH1, ESPN, and America Online. Their frenetic clip for “Dead Flowers Forever” captures the excitement of The A.K.A.s (Are Everywhere!) in concert, but does so unconventionally – and even a little self-referentially. We see the edges of the film, the curve of the frame, the black line between the sequential shots; occasionally, we’re even treated to a photo negative of an image of the band. Contact sheets spring to life, footage slides around diagonally as if it’s in a viewmaster, and the Ilford logo is occasionally visible at the bottom of the screen. It’s a bit like encountering an art flick at an underground movie theater – you never know when the film is going to slip from the reels and treat the audience to some unintentionally psychedelic effects. Film races by at varying speeds, titles flash on the screen, white characters are scrawled on top of black test frames; it all creates a feeling of chaos and wild velocity. The A.K.A.s (Are Everywhere!) do their part, too, flinging themselves at their instruments, spinning and slashing with their guitar-necks, and spitting their fighting words at the camera. It all seems as if it could unravel at any minute, but it never does. There’s solid rock inside the A.K.A. whirlwind – a firm, unshakable core of conviction.
It is a bona fide thrill to be working with the folks at Metropolis Records to bring you this excellent new clip. They have set us up with plenty of copies of Everybody Make Some Noise! so please do not hesitate to get in touch for all your contest and on-air giveaway needs. Also look for the band on Warped Tour throughout July and into August; we would love to set you up with a video interview and video IDs when the band comes through your market. If you need more info, call Andy Gesner at 732-613-1779 or e-mail us at info@HIPVideoPromo.com. You can also visit www.Metropolis-Records.com or Their Facebook to find out more about The A.K.A.s (Are Everywhere!).
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