Video killed the radio star. Since the birth of MTV in the early 80s, songs and their respective videos have formed a symbiotic bond and have been a source of both fascination and controversy. Since then, a music video is a “must” when it comes to promoting a single or album. On the creative side, it gives artists a whole new platform to express their message and imagination.
Producing music videos as an indie band requires a combination of DIY-spirit, resourcefulness and lowered expections. Even so, as a band grows, so does its clarity of vision and as a result amazing products can come to life. Siren Call has produced 3 videos so far and is in the midst of releasing a 4th one, no other than “LA Crash” – a song which screams for a video with its elusive imagery and Hollywood references. But more about “LA Crash” later…
In anticipation of the upcoming video release “LA Crash” the end of November, we will present you the background story of each of our released videos so far in chronological order: “Just a Man”, “Rose Ashes” and “Harness”. Let’s begin with “Just a Man”.
“Just a Man” is a song dedicated to the “fallen muses of rock’n’roll” – in other words, the girls behind the music, aka “groupies” or the less degrading: Band-Aids. Inspired by singer/bassist Yvonne Lace’s own experiences i, “Just a Man” also became a tribute to the frontwoman’s favorite movie “Almost Famous”. A classic case of life immitating art. Or the other way around.
Thus was born the video to “Just a Man”, which tells the story of a modern-day Penny Lane, who is tired of looking up to rockstars and having her illusions shattered – she decides to be the rockstar herself. Shattering the stereotypes of the testosterone-fuelled over-sexed macho male, this new Penny Lane (literally) takes matters into her own hands as she becomes both the singer and bassist of the fictional rockband she once admired.
“Just a Man”‘s feminist message is presented with humor and self-deprecation, through the characters of the “classic male frontman” (hilariously portrayed by the band’s drummer Gabor Szabo) and Penny Lane’s dreamy looks and naive infatuation in the beginning of the story.
In a sense, “Just a Man” is not simply a debut music video for Siren Call. It also establishes the band’s story as a twist on the classic “siren” myth: here, the siren doesn’t just wait for wayfarers to come her way and lure them to their doom – she attacks and takes over their ship.