On a snow-covered mountainside, with red noses, gloved hands and fogged glasses, the members of Portland, Ore.-based Blue Skies for Black Hearts filmed their video for the single "Siouxsie Please Come Home," the first track off their new release Serenades and Hand Grenades.
Dressed in OD green and set against a backdrop of pine trees and frosty ground as far as the eye can see, guitarist/lead vocalist/songwriter/producer Pat Kearns sings of a girl sent off to war and the boy who waits for her at home: "You're pointing guns and throwing hand grenades / while I'm home and safe writing serenades."
A few candid shots at the beginning of the video and the band's simple pop sound pay a clear, if unintentional, homage to their musical forefathers. According to the band's bio, Kearns, Michael Lewis (guitar, keyboard, vocals), Kelly Simmons (bass, keyboard, vocals) and Paul Noel (drums) made the album much like it may have been made pre-digital era. "Kearns, Simmons, Lewis and Noel began working up arrangements to songs that Kearns had often written earlier the same day. Within two hours of a song's introduction, it was hashed out, rehearsed and basic tracked."
Even the happy trombone in "Jenny & Steve" and the call-and-response "ooh-wah-oohs" would have been right at home in the '60s. It's fun and energetic and a nice swerve away from the hook-heavy pop of the early aughts back to a classic sound. Check out the video for "Siouxsie Please Come Home" at YouTube.com.
June 27, with Low-Fi, 9 p.m., $3. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886.