The view is of a dark, windowless bar. Stale beer and cigarette smoke set the scene. Two strangers sit together as the women mumbles in Russian and broken English. Cinematic and bleak, it is a stark contrast to the anthemic tone of The Wooden Sky's song "Saturday Night" which is heard here and there, rattling through the shitty speakers. The woman, briefly inspired in her dismal environment by the song, asks the bartender to turn it up. No one moves. She does it herself. This is a glimpse of life, somewhere else.
For director Scott Cudmore (F&#%ed Up, METZ) he approached "Saturday Night" as short film rather than a traditional music video. "I was interested in how a person reacts to a song and that is kind of what the video is about on one level...Music videos are usually a kind of visual interpretation of the song and if I had done that here, then this video would probably have a similar anthemic, forward momentum in the images, but I wanted to go against that and just let the characters interpret the song rather than the editing and the images. I wanted to approach the lyrics directly with this video. I didn't want it to tell anybody how to feel about these people, I just wanted them to exist and let the song fill in the blanks."
The Wooden Sky - Saturday Night (Official)
Singer Gavin Gardiner describes working with Scott saying, "He has a way of finding beauty and love in unique situations and this video is a great example of that. It may be them against the world but at least they have each other, maybe that's all you need."
The Wooden Sky are currently on tour across Canada in support of their fourth album, Let's be ready. which was released on September 2, 2014 on the band's new label Chelsea Records. On October 17, the band play two homecoming shows back-to-back at Lee's Palace in Toronto. To cap off the homecoming weekend, Gavin and bass player Jon Hynes race their first half marathon at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (#STWM) on Sunday, October 19. Gavin and Jon are running as The Wooden Sky Road Runners (#letsbeready) with a team of friends and fans while raising money for MusiCounts.
Oct 9 - KINGSTON, ON - The Isabel at Queen's University
Oct 11 - HAMILTON, ON - The Casbah
Oct 16 - GUELPH, ON - Vinyl
Oct 17 - TORONTO, ON - Lee's Palace
Oct 18 - TORONTO, ON - Lee's Palace
Oct 19 - Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (Gavin Gardiner & Jon Hynes from TWS run their first half-marathon along with The Wooden Sky Road Runners w/ money raised for MusiCounts.) Facebook group: http://bit.ly/TWSrunners #letsbeready
Oct 21 - MONCTON, NB - Tide & Boar
Oct 22 - FREDERICTON, NB - The Capital
Oct 23 - HALIFAX, NS - Halifax Pop Explosion @ St. Matthews Church
Oct 24 - CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI - Trailside Inn
Oct 25 - QUEBEC CITY, QC - Le Cercle
Nov 29 - ST. JOHN'S, NL - The Rockhouse
ABOUT CHELSEA RECORDS
Established in 2014, Chelsea Records is a label run by artists for artists. Founded in Toronto by The Wooden Sky, the new imprint invites artists to take creative chances by providing freedom and resources. The Wooden Sky's new studio album, Let's be ready., is the label's inaugural release, available September 2, 2014. For more information, visit www.chelsea-records.com.