The video for NOT TONIGHT, JOSEPHINE was shot over the course of two days in late October and early November, around the band’s home base in the Pretoria’s Moot area. Directed by frontman Floris Groenewald, who together with photographer extraordinaire, friend of the band and lead actor in the video, Marnus Strydom, took turns shooting. The video stars Adél Swanepoel, aka cosplayer Avelyn Swan, as the female lead.
With a simple concept featuring a run-and-gun guerilla shooting style, the video was inspired by French New Wave film director Jean-Luc Godard. In 1960, he released a film called A Bout de Soufflé (aka Breathless), and KABAAL KLANKBAAN‘s video is very much a homage to, or a mini-remake of the film. They decided that doing this kind of visual tribute not only enables them to retell a fun little story in their own style, but also borrow some of the built-in 60’s French ‘cool factor‘, and reference a classic for any cinephiles who happen to see it.
“We definitely wanted to do something that’s somewhat out-of-the-box and a music video that we haven’t seen before. I have a serious soft spot for French New Wave films in general, and specifically for Breathless, and since the movie already addresses similar themes to the song, features an unconventional will-they/won’t-they relationship, and practically welcomes homage through leading by example, it felt like the perfect fit.” – Floris Groenewald.
Fans can look forward to a black-and-white mini-movie about a guy who’s on the run, who meets up with a woman and hides out with her. The band tried to mimic the French New Wave style that inspired the video through using jumpcuts, handheld cameras, documentary-style production values, and very lightly touching on the existential themes presented in the original film. But of course, they have also included their signature tongue-in-cheek sense of humour.
Today is kinda officially Kabaal klankbaan’s 10th birthday. And it’s been a weird ten years. On 2 October 2010 I played my first show as “Kabaal klankbaan”. Before that I released a couple of (badly) home-recorded songs on the internet, but I can’t remember when the first one dropped, so I guess 2 October is as officialy of a birthday as possible.
To mark the occasion, I thought it would be cool to release a song (in the form of a lyric video, for now). I wrote The Flogsta Scream a couple of years ago when I first found out about the phenomenon of students in Sweden communicating via the ritual of a 10PM anonymous and long-distance screaming session. I watched this video on YouTube and the concept fascinated me. There’s something beautiful about the primal connection with another human being made simply through sound. You know, almost like with music. But for whatever reason, I didn’t really know what to do with the song, so I just recorded a demo on my phone and left it.
Then lockdown happened.
Suddenly, there was something super relatable about being stuck somewhere, with a constant sense of anxiety, and being cut off from most everyday forms of communication and connection with other people. The time had come to record the song. Even better, I found the idea of doing it remotely, via the internet, super appropriate. I got some drum tracks recorded via email, and put out a call on social media for people to sing along with the final chorus. I’m very happy with how it all came out, but judge for yourself:
Okay but we also did stuff as a band.
Lockdown threw a spanner in the works, but we managed to postpone our recording plans to August. We went to High Seas Studios in Joburg, and recorded a new version of Not Tonight, Josephine. Look out for it wherever songs are found end of October.
Lastly, we’ve got a real-life show coming up
WOOHOO PLAYING REAL INSTRUMENTS IN FRONT OF REAL PEOPLE IN THE REAL SUNSHINE. We’re playing at Park Acoustics on 25 October. Also on the lineup is Matthew Mole, Bye Beneco, and The Great Yawn. Get your tickets for R150 at https://bit.ly/3illoMe – due to regulations, there’s only 500 tickets available, so act fast!
Okay here’s your summary if you skipped all the words to just get to the juice:
It’s our 10th birthday today. If you wanna eat cake, that’s cool.