It was a rainy autumn day when we descended on the great city of Vancouver. We had just driven 10 hours over many mountain passes coming from Golden, BC after performing as the opening act for the great Elliott Brood the night before. We had a few days in the city before our show at the Railway Club and during this time we had two things on our agenda. The first was to eat sushi...because the city of Vancouver has a lot of good sushi. The second was to meet with the wonderful people at Green Couch Sessions. This is a wonderful group of people who make videos of bands performing somewhere in the city. What makes their videos unique is that they capture the bands in a raw, stripped down acoustic performance in various locations around Vancouver that you would not necessarily see a band performing.
Not being from the city and with a torrential downpour of rain on our hands, we had no idea of what location we should choose for the backdrop of our video, so we went to a community center and asked someone behind a desk. They told us that there was a really cool old manor that serves as a community retirement home just up the street. So we met the Green Couch people on the deck of this cool old manor, but after two takes of Tornado Alley, the owners told us to leave because the foot-stomping was disturbing the tenants. Sorry tenants!
Not satisfied with the first takes and just getting comfortable with the camera, we decided to find another location and sure enough, a park gazebo in English Bay provided an amazing shelter and backdrop. There were no stairs up to the gazebo because it was closed for the winter so we had to hoist the couch and ourselves up over a crazy high banister. There was evidence of people inhabiting the gazebo, but lucky for us they weren't home. We shot two takes, I broke a banjo string, and after two takes the police came and shut us down. We got the goods though and we couldn't be happier.
Thank you Green Couch Sessions for the amazing day. (www.greencouchsessions.ca)
And here it is!