It’s The Jayhawks. It’s familiar jangling guitars. It’s from the new album ‘XOXO’ due out on 10th July. And this is how to make a video during the lock-down. Social-distancing filming techniques combine well with vintage sound-check footage. The video’s director, Philip Harder, says: “Rick Fuller, Rick Lawrence and I filmed The Jayhawks sound checking for New Band Night, 1985 at the 7th St Entry in Minneapolis. 35 years later I wove this rare outtake footage and mic check banter into a fictional story of two friends on a road trip, filming 8mm and selling merch for a young band called The Jayhawks. Actors Em Prozinski (Tim O’Reagan’s neice) and my son Otto Harder were filmed separately by their parents. We took notes on actions and reactions for Em and Otto, and there were a few scenes that were split-screened in edit to allow them to appear to be a foot apart.” The new album is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2018s ‘Back Roads and Abandoned Motels’. With the core members from the late ’90s line-up, the band try something new this time around: every member of the band is involved in both songwriting and lead singing duties. Easy to enjoy.
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