The Chariot Bring Balloons, Confetti to Film ‘David De La Hoz’ — Video
‘Long Live’ truly stretches the Chariot beyond just being a chaotic hardcore band with a devastatingly powerful live show. The band’s forthcoming fourth full-length sees old boundaries becoming well forgotten, and no song shows that evolution more than ‘David De La Hoz.’
“We want to give something different for the ear of the listener,” frontman Josh Scogin told Noisecreep over a lunch interview. “It’s pretty audacious to assume they want to hear my voice for 10 tracks.” For the song and video, the Georgian band enlisted harpist Timbre Cierpke and Dan Smith of the Listener.
“That video shows how impulsive we are,” Scogin laughed, impulsive and ADHD are his favorite ways to describe the band. “That was just an idea we literally had a few weeks earlier.” The concept was to film the band playing a song straight through — no fake playing and lip-syncing. “Even though it’s an interesting idea, you get bored watching us play though our songs.”
Shot at Glow in the Dark Studios, where ‘Long Live’ was recorded, the band went to producer and longtime friend Matt Goldman to see if using all the studio’s rooms could even be done. “‘Can you actually send all out tracks through the board?’” Scogin recalled asking. “In a very Goldman fashion, he just stopped at one point, ‘Whatever we have to do; we’ll make this happen.’ Once we heard that, we were going to do this.”
Scogin took on a childlike joy for the process, incorporating whatever came to anyone’s mind into the video. Balloons? Sure. Someone getting a hair cut? Why not? An hour before filming, bassist Jon “K.C. Wolf” Kindler took to the roof on a whim to hang a banner. “At the end of the day, we could hit delete and no one would know it even took place.”
The biggest hurdle the band faced was to make sure that no big mistakes were made once the confetti machine got used. “There’s no turning back. We can’t reload that thing,” Scogin explained of their old tour prop.
“We’re going through the first take and we’re at the two drummer part, and I’m standing there, ‘Oh my gosh, we’re almost to the confetti machine.’ I’m getting nervous! There’s no way it’s this easy. There’s no way we’re going to do this on the first take. Finally our drummer said we got too off.” But on the second take, the band nailed the entire song.
Up until viewing the final edit, Scogin was pretty sure he’d hit that delete button, making it a personal band memory. “When we saw the final thing, we we’re like, ‘That’s awesome!’ We loved it and went with it.”