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Our Favorite Memories of 2013

1. Shooting "God Neon" and "Always Two" in New York City

In the beginning of the year, we had the pleasure of shooting two music videos in New York City with an incredible crew of very talented folks. Director Krista Liney and Director of Photography Christopher Walters made it a great experience for the cast and crew, and we had a blast despite below freezing temperatures... 

Discussing shots with Director of Photography Christopher Walters   -  Photo by Krista Liney

Shooting performance footage - Photo by Krista Liney

More performance footage - Photo by Krista Liney

More performance footage - Photo by Krista Liney

Chad and Josh checking out wardrobe - Photo by Krista Liney

Video playback - Photo by Joshua ZImmerman

Jesse Ligo and Brandon Ginsberg classing it up - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

2. UK Tour with The Heavy

In March of 2013 we were honored to join our good friends The Heavy for a SOLD OUT tour of the UK! This trip was incredible, and includes many of our favorite memories from the year. The tour was made even better because we were joined by our good buddy Benjamin Bruce, and photographer/extraordinaire Rebecca Joelson! 

On our way across The Pond - Photo by Rebecca Joelson

Border crossers - Photo by Rebecca Joelson

Tired boys on a bus - Photo by Rebecca Joelson

The Silent Comedy's first show on British soil at Komedia in Bath - Photo by Rebecca Joelson

Benjamin Bruce at 7am in Bristol (too much party) - Photo by Rebecca Joelson

Birmingham - Photo by Rebecca Joelson

Koko in London - Photo by Rebecca Joelson

Josh at Koko in London - Photo by Rebecca Joelson

Koko in London - Photo by Rebecca Joelson

Rowdy night a Brudenell in Leeds - Photo by Rebecca Joelson

Day off in York - Photo by Rebecca Joelson

Bolton Abbey - Photo by Rebecca Joelson

Tired boys on a plane headed home - Photo by Rebecca Joelson

3. Recording "Friends Divide" at The Bubble in Austin, TX

We spent quite a bit of time in Austin this year recording with the incredible Frenchie Smith and Sean Rolie. In addition to long hours in the studio, we found a few chances to get outdoors and have some much needed recreation. 

Sean Rolie, Justin, and Frenchie discuss banjo at The Bubble - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

Boots and Bourbon during vocal tracking - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

Lone Star - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

Jeremiah tracking electric guitar - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

Chad laying down some donkey jaw - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

Daniel McNeill showed us his secret river spot for some much needed refreshment - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

Chad taking the cliff jump to new artistic heights - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

Josh giving it a try - Photo by Chad Lee Photography

Back at The Bubble, the gang discusses the day's agenda - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

Our dear friend Elijah Ford joined us to lay down some tasty licks - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

One of the last true rock n' rollers, Producer Frenchie Smith - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

4. Summer North American Tour

We traversed the entire continent of North America during the Summer of 2013 doing some headlining shows, meeting up with ZZ Ward and reuniting with our buddies The Heavy. Mostly, we were just trying to outrun the tornados! 

 

 

Jeremiah soundchecking at our first ever Synagogue show at Sixth and I in Washington DC - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

Our super sexy buddy Elijah Ford was once again nice enough to join us on electric guitar for the Summer tour (seen here at the beach in South Carolina) - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

New York City at Webster Hall - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

Elijah Ford soundchecking at Webster Hall - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

The man, the myth, the legend, Tim Dulany mixing The Heavy at TLA in Philadelphia - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

Chicago (one of our favorite cities) being rowdy as ever at Double Door - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

Spencer and Kelvin giving the crowd at the Phoenix in Toronto a heaping helping of The Heavy - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

Justin, Jeremiah, and Elijah playing in a gondola in beautiful Aspen - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

Josh taking advantage of the backstage oxygen at Belly Up Aspen - Photo by Joshua Zimmerman

5. 91X Wrex The Halls, San Diego

We spend most of our time away from our hometown of San Diego these days, but we couldn't have been happier to close out the year with 91X's holiday show, Wrex The Halls, at the San Diego Sports Arena. We were honored to join Queens Of The Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Cage The Elephant, Arctic Monkeys, Alt-J, and J Roddy Walston and the Business for a night of incredible music!!! We also had a good time with our friends from 91X that have showed us so much love and support in 2013. Big thanks to them for having us!!! 

Arriving at the Sports Arena in the afternoon, and walking down the infamous ramp from Almost Famous - Photo by The Joelsons

Soundcheck - Photo by The Joelsons

Elijah Ford preparing for rock during soundcheck - Photo by The Joelsons

Josh soundchecking - Photo by The Joelsons

Josh and Jere stopped by the 91X tour bus to catch up with Christy Taylor on air - Photo by The Joelsons

The night's setlist, featuring a healthy dose of new material - Photo by The Joelsons

Showtime! - Photo by The Joelsons

Jeremiah shreddin' - Photo by The Joelsons

Josh's show face - Photo by The Joelsons

Chad, Josh, and Justin in mid-rock - Photo by The Joelsons

The band post-show with our buddies Kevin Whan and Joseph Ortiz - Photo by The Joelsons

Chad, Justin, Josh, and Jeremiah backstage saying, "See you next year, San Diego!" - Photo by The Joelsons

2013 was a wild year. A huge thanks to everyone that made it special. Much love from The Silent Comedy! We are looking forward to 2014!

Thoughts on "God Neon" and "Always Two"

We recently debuted the music video for our song “Always Two”.  This video is a companion piece to “God Neon” which was released earlier this year. In light of some reaction to the videos’ content, we wanted to offer these thoughts from director, Krista Liney:

 “The Always Two video incorporated a non-linear storyline that some people may find confusing. The beginning is the end.  I wanted to build suspense.  What happened to this person and why is she leaving?  After that, the remainder of the story unfolds.  In my treatment, I referred to the protagonist as "JENNY".  JENNY does not entirely, immediately garner sympathy.  She is living her life hard and we unfortunately do not have the benefit of knowing her full backstory.  She finds herself in an abusive relationship and self-medicates to numb the pain and heartache.  She is not your stereotypical, Hollywood portrayal of a "victim".  She is flawed, she is human - but she a victim nonetheless. Ultimately, she has a moment of clarity in the morning (beginning of the video) and summons the courage to leave.  I wanted this character to have the strength to walk away.  Be done.  Move on with her life.  And she does.  

In the grander conceptual picture, God Neon and Always Two were shot at the same time. They were to act as companion pieces of sorts; the characters overlap/intersect in both videos.

In God Neon, we follow a young man as he comes to the city and gets consumed by it. Always Two follows our girl as she escapes."

CLICK HERE to donate to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

"God Neon"

"Always Two"

Thoughts on "God Neon" and "Always Two"

We recently debuted the music video for our song “Always Two”.  This video is a companion piece to “God Neon” which was released earlier this year. In light of some reaction to the videos’ content, we wanted to offer these thoughts from director, Krista Liney:

 “The Always Two video incorporated a non-linear storyline that some people may find confusing. The beginning is the end.  I wanted to build suspense.  What happened to this person and why is she leaving?  After that, the remainder of the story unfolds.  In my treatment, I referred to the protagonist as "JENNY".  JENNY does not entirely, immediately garner sympathy.  She is living her life hard and we unfortunately do not have the benefit of knowing her full backstory.  She finds herself in an abusive relationship and self-medicates to numb the pain and heartache.  She is not your stereotypical, Hollywood portrayal of a "victim".  She is flawed, she is human - but she a victim nonetheless. Ultimately, she has a moment of clarity in the morning (beginning of the video) and summons the courage to leave.  I wanted this character to have the strength to walk away.  Be done.  Move on with her life.  And she does.  

In the grander conceptual picture, God Neon and Always Two were shot at the same time. They were to act as companion pieces of sorts; the characters overlap/intersect in both videos.

In God Neon, we follow a young man as he comes to the city and gets consumed by it. Always Two follows our girl as she escapes."

CLICK HERE to donate to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Wrex The Halls SOLD OUT!!!

Wrex the Halls 2013 is officially SOLD OUT!!! Hope you got tickets to catch us at the San Diego Sports Arena with Queens Of The Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Cage The Elephant, Arctic Monkeys, and Alt-J

The only way to get tickets now is to stay tuned to 91X for a chance to win some! While you're at it, give them a call and let them know you enjoy our song, God Neon

Request Line: 570-191X     You can use area code (619),(858) or (760) 

"Friends Divide" on Vinyl

Our new EP, "Friends Divide", is now available on VINYL!!! We are extremely excited to release a Limited Edition 45rpm 10" vinyl of our latest collection of songs! The album features a download card to get MP3 copies of the songs, reworked cover art, and an 8-page booklet with photos from the studio and hand written lyrics! Get one in our webstore, or visit us at one of the shows on the Friends Divide | Enemies Multiply tour this December!!!

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