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Watch This Now: Twelve Foot Ninja – “Ain’t That a Bitch”

“I could waste my time on giving a shit, I’m walking out of here…”

It’s here! What better way to kick off the final year of Y,WGAV! than with the biggest crowdfunding campaign for a music video EVER? The band ended up raising over 50 thousand dollars to make a video for the final single from their 2012 debut, Smoke Machine. After successfully funding the video via Pozible back in May, I’ve waited with great anticipation to see what this lot would give us in return for the sweet, sweet dosh.

Good things come to those that wait, apparently. Really good things. Really ridiculous and funny things. One thing I have always appreciated about the Ninja gang is that they have always managed to strike the right balance between tight musical precision and not taking themselves too seriously – and have a little bit of fun while they’re at it. Here, they take what could be an all-too-obvious plotline – “people can be mean on the internet!” – and turn it into something both seriously strange and strangely serious.

The horror influence adds some cartoony elements, the Periphery cameos are a hoot and the random nods to other film styles and mediums manages to actually serve a purpose rather than simply become padding. Simply put: If you contributed any money to Ain’t That a Bitch, you got what you paid for. This goes above and beyond doing what it says on the tin – we’re dealing with a band who are all about putting in the extra effort. Fuck playing in front of a screen. There are burgers to be eaten!

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Watch This Now: Gay Paris – “The Demarcation of Joseph Hollybone”

“You won’t kiss their lover’s lips, you’ll kiss his ass…”

After a successful crowd-funding campaign, my top-form provocateurs and down-n-dirty bluesmen of Gay Paris are nearly ready to release their second studio album, entitled The Last Good Party. Before all that hullabaloo, however, we’ve got some other business to get down to – namely, the goddamn video for the first goddamn hit single from this goddamn record.

We’ve all heard about cock-fighting before, I’m sure. We’re all adults and all that. Well, the GP boys have decided to take that to the next level. Now, don’t you get your mind into the gutter just yet, scoundrel. We’re talkin’ some seriously old-school shit here. In this GP world of cockfighting, there’s a lifesize chicken who used to be a heavyweight boxer. Nowadays, he’s a janitor. We flash between the past and the present, to see just how things came to be this grim in Hollybone’s life. It’s blackly comic and overall quite an entertaining prospect. It’s not all about W.H. Monks shakin’ his beard and booty for your visual pleasure when it comes to Gay Paris, y’know! Roll on, 2013; and roll on, The Last Good Party!

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