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Interview: Home Video

As an old film student like you (Collin), I can honestly say that it’s a cool name! Could you tell the story for our readers?

I used to have a video camera that I would carry around and film stuff – often David. It seemed an appropriate nostalgic image for our shared history.

You’ve got lots of side projects such as making your own videos, making remixes. You two must be spending too much time together- what does each other mean for you?

We’re best friends since high school. We’ve sort of grown up together. Just like with any relationship, there are bumps and smooth spots. But we’ve carved out a comfortable space in Home Video.

You’re based in Brooklyn where is one of the music capital’s of the world. What did Brooklyn, NY add to your music?

Being in New York is like being in the molten core of ideas. I think exposure to the constant invention of creative people inspires us all the time. The energy here lends an urgency to our music. Also, I think it probably makes us push harder to make better music.

Paralelly, how are you with the Brooklyn music scene?

We really don’t neatly fit in to one of the Brooklyn scenes or crowds. We have fellow musician friends, but we’ve never found a collective aesthetic.

You have just released your second studio album The Automatic Process. People say that the second is always harder and riskier than the first one. Do you honestly believe that you handled it?

The second wasn’t necessarily harder than the first. Creatively, I feel like we took leaps forward and really made a solid album we are unabashedly proud of.

From the business side of things, it has been a struggle to figure out the right way to get the music out to the world. But that’s not interesting…

Some of your songs can be listened such TV shows as CSI, Gossip Girl, The OC- is it changing your listener profile? And are you happy with that?

We’re totally happy to lend our music to these shows. They definitely expose our music to a broad audience in a cool way. We are interested in the visual side music, and it’s always exciting to see our songs take on new emotional context when they are paired with a visual story.

When I first listened to That You Might, I was really stucked on it and with only the help of this perfect rhythmic song, I made an amateur video- shadow dancing couple trying to damage each other with different weapons with rhythmic moves. How does it make you feel to be so close to visuality with sounds?

Interesting, you’ll have to send us that one.

We love music videos.  David and I have made a couple ourselves, including one for the songs “I Can Make You Feel It” and one for “You Will Know What To Do”.  We also have collaborated with a director, Christian Hagerman, on a video for “Every Love That Ever Was” that we just released.

When I say OK Computer, what does it mean for you?

It’s our shared favorite Radiohead album by far, one of the albums we listened to while becoming friends in high school. That, and “Mezzanine” by Massive Attack are staples.

You toured with such bands as Blonde Redhead, Colder, Yeasayer- not bad! What did they give you?

Blonde Redhead had the biggest influence on us. Especially live, they were our first real tour and taught us, like older siblings, sort of how to behave on the road. Musically, they were probably an influence on us reclaiming our live instruments. The new album has more guitar, piano and bass than the first, and that may have crept into our tastes in part because of Blonde Redhead.

I know you’ve been to London, but anywhere else in Europe? Where would you most like to play alive?

We been all over western parts of Europe a couple times – to Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland. We’d love to come back and do it again and explore eastern Europe.

It would be great to play some ancient castle or something in the Balkans…

Have you got any idea about Turkey, especiallt after this Wikileaks files, haha! Are you into that stuff?

Definitely into Wikileaks! I sort of obsessively follow it. I find it interesting to see all the governments of the world, especially the US, squirming and scrambling to spin and squash the raw truth. William Burroughs described the term Naked Lunch to mean “a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork.” I think Wikileaks is trying to bring us closer that moment.

Home Video: Website, Myspace, Wikipedia


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