Saturday, 6 September 2014

The Video - The Kooks 'Around Town' (NSFW Director's Cut)



All I need is somewhere to lay ...


A rather unexpected change of direction here from the kooky monsters; a taster from their Listen LP - the band's first album in three years.

The album's second single, "Around Town" is another shift away from classic Kooks into unchartered territory and was the first track written for the album.

Listen was produced by young hip hop pioneer Inflo and Luke Pritchard, the collection showcases a new direction and sound for the multi-platinum UK act.

Gotta love the beautiful dark violent mini film noir they made for this thing. And not just cos it stars gorgeous Eurasian actress Pom Klementieff.

Chris Fairbank, as always, is excellent here too.
 




The video features brutal bloody violence with an exciting bank heist narrative, like some Ringo Lam short film. 

The intensity of the film meshes magnificently with the hip-hop tinged, gospel-infused, blues-rock of “Around Town,” utilised here in a manner not far removed from Quentin Tarantino’s typical use of those perfect pieces of music that often soundtrack and embellish the dark recesses of his films.  



 


Yap, director Ryan Hope brings the silver screen to the small screen for Around Town with a Tarantinoesque thriller involving an oddball, enigmatic (and one-half hyper-hot!) hitmen, whose relationship is established in a three-minute intro sequence in this Director's Cut version of the promo.

Frontman Luke Pritchard said of the promo ....
"We decided rather than simply put a video to music we would do something more cinematic. It was very much a collaboration with director Ryan Hope.

"We wanted to evoke the directors [Luc] Besson and [Quentin] Tarantino while also exploring themes of Karma and the Rudyard Kipling poem If."



The video stars Christopher Fairbank (The Fifth Element, Alien 3, Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides) and Pom Klementieff (Oldboy, Loup, Delicacy).

promonews.tv describes the vid as follows ...
With the scene set, 'Around Town' kicks in adding energy as the plot turns extremely violent. The track itself dictates the tempo for the remainder of the promo with NSFW scenes matched with a plot twist that wraps everything up nicely.

It's cold, brutal, with scenes of a disturbing nature - yet consuming. Actors Pom Klementieff and Chris Fairbank push the promo at every chance through their lack of emotion.

Tea and torture for breakfast? Why not...?






















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