Brooklyn-based band Lavalier tapped the talents of filmmaker Kendra Elliot, to direct and animate their debut video. Her natural sense of absurdist fun and colorful, cut-up style was the perfect fit for Twilight Lovebite. With a dinner-party-in-outer-space-gone-terribly-wrong theme, and nods to 70’s-80’s era sci-fi and horror, the video is full of surprises. It even features some special celebrity guest “Oddities”.
The Lady Aye, a darling of sideshow and burlesque scene, is spotted swallowing a sword and numerous taxidermy animal friends make appearances, all of whom, have recently been featured on Discovery Channels new television series “Oddities”.
The video was shot in one day on green screen, but took several months to create the final piece which involved combining, the footage between After Effects and traditional stop motion techniques to create a swirling hybrid of animated joy. Elliot is currently working on her own feature length film project.
Lavalier is the brainchild of former members of The Cloud Room, Dave Horowitz and Steve Milton. Conceived over the course of several years touring the globe and navigating the requisite backstage debauchery, cramped vans, and couch surfing, Milton and Horowitz developed their penchant for a melancholy, psychedelic, lo-fi sound that features seductive fuzz-slide guitars and a hypnotic accordian. Now much more than a simple side project, Lavalier has grown in size and now boasts up to 15 members including:
Melati Malay (guitar/vox), Terrence Caulkins (percussion/programming), Yasmin Resharmwala (keytar/vox), Nathan Haselby (upright bass) and the unique vocal stylings of Lavalier’s Brooklyn-based choir (Leah Milton, Kate Tellers, Melody Aberg, Johanna Taylor, Rachel Kauffman, and Marla Thornes).
Lavalier’s debut EP will be released independently in January, 2011.
Lavalier plays Pianos in NYC, Friday, December 10