When the Boston-based David Wax Museum came for a visit last fall and told us they wanted Monkeywhale to make the official music video for their upcoming album we were, to say the least, very excited. We’ve had the pleasure of knowing these fine folks for about two years since they first came to our old kitchen and charmed us with their eclectic tunes, great spirits, and willingness to play badminton on a chilly day. They’ve been hard at work on the road and off ever since–winning over thousands of fans at the Newport Folk Festival, signing with Ramseur Records, opening for acts like The Avett Brothers and The Old 97′s, getting well deserved shout-outs from everyone from NPR to The New Yorker, touring China (most recently) and, most importantly, continuing to make truly inventive, wonderful music.
As April approached we rounded up our Monkeywhalers and began making plans for a shoot that we hoped would do justice to this very fantastic band. Brainstorming took place, a few favors were called in, locations were secured, and the results were a very fun-filled two days with some of the nicest people (and, I must admit, a very nice snake named Petey) one could dream of working with. We are so honored that the David Wax Museum chose Monkeywhale to make their video and came all the way to Greensboro for it to happen. We hope you like the results. More photos from the shoot on flickr.
Special thanks to:
Kit Rodenbough and the awesome crew at Design Archives
Coach Mike at the Greater Greensboro Boxing Academy
Jason Easter and Petey
Ken Toda at Huemax
Janak Patel at Mangal LLC