For the first time in history, I have teamed up with my long time friend Factor Chandelier for a song. We call it “Precious Stone.” Our hope is that the song gets in your bones and makes you wanna move your body, no matter how introverted you are, or how weird you may feel. That’s how we feel too, but we still love music that makes us dance.
Last year I was lucky enough to have the experience of a lifetime: touring across Europe with my friends from Zucchini Drive. I’ve been on many tours before, but never like that one. Twenty-one cities in just under a month’s time. We drove all over Europe from Spain to Germany and (almost) everywhere in between. It was refreshing to play in front of different crowds that I’m used to. They really seemed to get what I was going for over there. Not to say that I haven’t played many great shows in Canada. But sometimes back home people don’t know what to make of me: am I a rapper or a singer of strange indie-pop? In Europe they just didn’t seem to care. If they liked it, they danced.
This video was shot entirely during the European tour. The guy who you keep see popping up in the video is my good friend Tom aka Speed Dial 7 from the aforementioned group Zucchini Drive. Marcus Graap, also of Zucchini Drive, filmed most of the footage. Oh how I miss my European friends! The song from this video is called “Saturday.” It’s called that because its about how everyday is Saturday, which by default means no day is Saturday. This could be interpreted in many different ways. One way you could interpret it is that everyday is Saturday because you are still very young and your lack of responsibilities makes it easy to party every night. The other interpretation is that it’s never Saturday because you work so hard that there are never any days off. This song is about that duality.
Next Tuesday, Match 25th, I’m going to be making a new EP available called Me and All of My Friends. The EP is kind of like a digital 12″, in that there are two original songs, two remixes and a cover version of one of the songs. I’m pretty excited to let people hear it. To help promote this EP, Me and Some of My Friends made a video for the title track, “Me and All of My Friends.” I hope you like it:
“The year is 1987. Our hero, Rob Crooks, has just gotten out of the Selkirk Mental Health Centre, where he has been convalescing for the past 18 months. To celebrate his return home, he has decided to throw a party and invite all of his friends. There will be snacks and drinks and cards and dancing and everything else you would expect at a welcome home gathering.
But as the party drags on, you begin to wonder: are these friends of Rob real, or are they narcissistic figments of his fragile and over-active imagination? Maybe Rob left Selkirk a little too soon. Or maybe he never left at all….
Thanks to Damian Ferland, Ryan Simmons and Amanda Linden for their help with this video.”
Over the weekend I was lucky enough to get some of my friends into a blue-room in the Art Space building, in the Exchange district of Winnipeg, to shoot a video for a new song!
I owe a debt of gratitude to the director, Ryan Simmons, for his vision and know-how. He’s directed videos for Speed Dial 7 and Pip Skid, like this one, among other artists. I’m really happy with what he came up with for this video. It’s a whole new experience to work with a director who knows what he’s doing. Or to work with an actual director, at all, really. See for yourself.
I also owe many thanks to Anastasia and Gillian for being in the video, and for just being awesome in general. And to Josh for the lighting.
The song is a mostly unheard one, that will be featured on my upcoming EP, which is tentatively called Hearts. The EP is currently in the proccess of being mastered, and should be out early in the new year. The video will be available for viewing on RobCrooks.com via youtube sometime before the EP is officially released.