The groove rock band Blackstoneradio is ready to launch their second music video, for their song ‘Sweet Mary Jane’.
Blackstoneradio hails from Cape Town and was established in a garage in Bellville in 2008. The band of four is JC Malengret (vocals), Francois Louw (guitar), Trevor Edwards (bass) and Dylan Haskin (drums). In an industry often characterised by overproduction, Blackstoneradio’s music echoes simpler times when the amplified guitar was purer and the vocal melodies hauntingly charismatic.
In many ways ‘Sweet Mary Jane’ changed the way we thought about our sound. It opened up new ideas around what type of music we’re capable of pulling off as a band.
‘Sweet Mary Jane’ is the third track off Blackstoneradio’s debut album, ‘Out of Rock’, which was released earlier this year. With its folky intro riff, the song’s feel is a noticeable departure from the band’s more characteristic rock sound.
We wanted to create imagery that fit in with the lyrics and have fun doing it.
The concept for the video came from having discussions with a good friend of the band, Troy Davies (from Retroyspective), who was eager to take on the project of creating a light-hearted and fresh video production. The band ran a search on their social media platforms and via a few media partners to find the perfect ‘Sweet Mary Jane’ leading lady. Jacqueline Roux stood out among the entrants and won the search. Jacqueline is a young and talented singer songwriter with a natural radiance about her which fitted the idea around Sweet Mary Jane’s character perfectly. In the video three of the band members (JC, Dylan and Trevor) are seen in fairly arbitrary settings minding their own business, when Mary Jane catches their eye and they follow after her in a hot pursuit. The fourth band member, Francois, plays the role of the always-present, guitar-strapped narrator.
The video was shot over two days with a very small behind-the-scenes crew. Locations include a marina and a forest in Cape Town, an old airstrip and a country movie set on the West Coast, and Jacqueline’s actual house in the suburbs. Francois was also very honoured to hook-up a full sponsorship deal from Ibanez and his brand new guitar can also be spotted in the video.
Videographer and Editor: Retroyspective – www.retroyspective.co.za
Sponsors: Ibanez – www.ibanez.com
Actress: Jacqueline Roux – www.youtube.com/Ja7cquiRoux
Hair and Make-up: Razana Omar Hair and Make-up – www.razanaomar.com
Listen to ‘Sweet Mary Jane’ here:
· Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV-W7xDWqsU
· Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/blackstoneradio/sweet-mary-jane
Blackstoneradio will be officially launching the ‘Sweet Mary Jane’ music video during an intimate performance at Altydgedacht Wine Estate in Durbanville on the 6th of September 2013. The video’s leading lady, Jacqueline Roux, will be opening the evening with some of her own compositions.
Tickets are R40 each and bookings are essential via mail – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/692690997412476/
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