And the winner is…

Last month I announced a contest to the WILDEBEEST Mailing List and the Facebook followers, who were encouraged to write a review of the song Oceanisk to win an EP. A lot of great reviews were sent in, but this one by Zephaniah Washington was the most imaginative:

“Sitting here listening to “Oceanisk” I get the distinct feeling of traveling, a long journey the dead of night. Starting off with the feeling of a ship calmly floating down a dark passage. The calm, dark intro with the heart of the song being a steady rhythm on a floor tom breaks into a heavy, screaming guitar as if a storm has come, and just as quickly passed as the song calms again, but keeps a heavier rhythm. Only to shock you again. In short Oceanisk is perhaps one of the most sonically distinct songs I’ve listened to in a long time. From calm to heavy, from melodic, to a demonic screaming undertone. The whole song invokes feelings of a time and place far more wild than that we currently inhabit.”

Thanks for the words, Zephaniah, and congratulations!

This review will be displayed on the website soon, along with other fun comments about WILDEBEEST from you, the listeners.

-W-

Making of the Red Song music video, part 4

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On the second and last day of shooting the tribesmen, we met up at a car tunnel where we also recruited Gabriella Dal Rooth to act as the supreme captain of The Red Tribe.

Fixing Gabriella's dread-hawk

Fixing Gabriella’s dread-hawk

Peter in the car tunnel

Peter in the car tunnel

Gabriella Dal Rooth

Gabriella Dal Rooth

The first shot would be the introduction shot of The Red Tribe as they walk in front of the car, lit by flashlights and headlights. Gabriella then sends them away to destroy the lair of The Green Tribe. This took relatively little time to shoot and we moved on to a final, mysterious location. Strange activities went on there while we were shooting. Shady meetings between vans at construction sites some time past midnight.

Elsa Kvensler & Mattias Alvarsson

Elsa Kvensler & Mattias Alvarsson

Hard-earned battle-wounds!
Hard-earned battle-wounds!

Here we shot the running scenes, which basically meant the actors would run up a hill several times one by one while Peter and Sebastian followed them with the car and filmed. The remaining members did their best to stay warm, thanks to Sebastian’s huge vampire cape.

Coincidentally, it was also Sebastian’s birthday, so we celebrated a little by eating what was left of the cakes I baked the day before. At around 2 in the morning, our paths parted.

Post-apocalyptic birthday cake

Post-apocalyptic birthday cake

Count Sebastian

Count Sebastian

In typical WILDEBEEST fashion everyone split to different areas of the world after the filming was done. I found myself in Denmark, and Peter moved to Canada where he found D’Arcy Hamilton, who would help him edit the video. Once they were done, it was sent back to me for tweaks, grading and effects in Sweden. Mattias, being a brilliant video compositor guru, helped me navigate the programs to create the right effects. The digital distortions were made by filming the entire video on an old TV and messing with the cables.

Tommy Jansson

Tommy Jansson

Once the video was almost finished, I sought advice from a local doomsday prophet in Stockholm, named Damón Zurawski, who fronts the sinister The Catastrophe Orchestra. We set up a premiere for the video at one of his crazy parties at KGB Bar & Restaurant, Stockholm, Sweden. The place couldn’t be more fitting for Red Song, since the restaurant is showered in red and the amazing atmosphere of USSR madness. And what would be more fitting for the premiere night of a crazy, post-apocalyptic video than the rumored End of the World on December 21st 2012?

Mariam on set

Mariam on set

The party started with Tony Naima‘s haunting tunes and after a screening of Red Song on the wall, The Troubled Three tore up the place. The night went on forever and the guests seemed to be enjoying themselves. Hopefully, the future will bring many more adventures like this with beautiful people.

From the bottom of my animal-heart to everyone involved with the creation of the songs, the video and the events: thank you.

-W-

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Making of the Red Song music video, part 3

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The abandoned train tunnel

The abandoned train tunnel

Next up was the vandalism scene where The Red Tribe breaks into The Green Tribe’s lair and trashes it. Why, you ask? Maybe they stole the Reds’ stash of canned tuna, or maybe invading others’ property and breaking shit is what people do to have fun in a world where there’s no Internet. We certainly don’t know. The fact is, these urban tribesmen were pissed off and looking for trouble.

Linda Yin

Linda Yin

Linda Yin

The biggest problem with this scene was that we had no props, so we spent some days scavenging the furniture recycling places and looting discarded furniture at apartment buildings in Stockholm. After a lot of worrying and hard work we ended up with 6 TVs, one mattress that turned into a bed with some leftover fabric, a coffee table, a stereo, an old bicycle, some beer boxes as seating, beer bottles, an armchair and a couple of candles. Exactly what we needed for a respectable post-apocalyptic living area.

Mattias Alvarsson

Mattias Alvarsson

Mattias Alvarsson

Sebastian, Tommy and Peter Wiholm, the director, drove the equipment to the location and everyone on set helped with carrying the furniture inside the tunnel and setting up. Once The Green Tribe were done with their scenes, The Reds went berserk.

Elsa Kvensler

Elsa Kvensler

Like in the primitive society we were creating, we actually had no advanced equipment to break things with, so people picked up thick branches from trees nearby and used them as weapons. And since we had no spare props, there was only one chance to get the shots right.

Sebastian Melker

Sebastian Melker

Tommy's about to demolish some TVs

Tommy’s about to break some TVs

One of the highlights of the day was when Elsa climbed on top of what looked like a fireplace and smashed this shit out of an old stereo. I have never seen anyone go from cheerful and cute to fucking violent that fast. Tommy, being the badass he is, demolished a wall of TVs, which actually exploded. He kept going despite the debris that filled the set. Linda and Sebastian took their anger out on chairs and bicycles and Mattias did probably the most impressive tableflip in the history of music videos.

Linda at the gate

Linda at the gate

Elsa taking a break after smashing the stereo

Elsa taking a well-deserved break after smashing the stereo.

Making of Red Song part 3

Once Sebastian had burned the bed, which filled the whole place with toxic black smoke, we filmed the scene where The Red Tribe enters the gates of the tunnel, and called it a day.

-W-

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