Suburban Home, the thriving recording studio of Hookworms' vocalist MJ. It was the close of festival season and outside, in the car park, four members of the band were discussing the recent Beacons Festival, where the band captured an equally memorable/droll image of a long-haired beatnik (facing away from the camera, and in fact from fellow performers Swim Deep) relieving himself while guitarist JW's gaze met the camera lens, his expression almost as empty as the early morning Yorkshire mist that confined him. It was JW's birthday on the day of the session, and we were waiting in the car park for his fellow guitarist SS to arrive, who was on a covert operation to pick up a cake from the local morrisons to celebrate the occasion.
I'd been warned ahead of the session, and reminded when I arrived, that 'Away/Towards' weighed in at almost nine minutes, and I think choosing to do this track simply illustrates Hookworms' approach to an industry so many shamelessly solicit. The bands popularity was burgeoning ahead of the release of debut album Pearl Mystic, and this video was being made at the request of an online magazine to support the release campaign. Hookworms obliged by choosing to showcase the longest song from the album, with a lingering three minute introduction that lasts nearly as long as most music videos in their entirity. This uncommon approach personifies Hookworms and their refusal to gratify listeners with something disposable and brisk, an approach that is evident in them as individuals as well as a collective.
In such a confined space it was challenging to produce something to accompany a piece of music so sizable, but after taking a considerable absence from the raw footage (for the 'This Christmas' campaign, and while I developed an unfortunate bout of shingles) the edit was great fun. The film itself is predominantly one-take, with some cut aways from different takes added in there where they were required, the whole thing was filmed on two Canon 550D's - one static with a fisheye lens that was never used, and another shoulder-mounted with a fixed focal lens and LED light fixed in the hotshoe. The audio was captured and mixed by Hookworms' very own MJ.