Indie Rock Band Bucks Big Budget Trend, Brings Toys to Life in Music Video

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For under $300, Los Angeles-based indie rock band, The Remainers, used their childhood toys to make a stop motion music video for their hit song "House." Ten weeks and 2500 still photos later, the resulting video is a nostalgic joyride that Adam Levine called "totally radical." The video can be viewed on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lRbrT05l8Y

My dear dear friends in The Remainers have made a totally radical video for their awesome song 'House'. --Adam Levine

When LA-based indie rock band, The Remainers, were faced with translating their hit song "House" into the visual medium, they had some decisions to make. The band was approached by a number of talented directors, both aspiring and established, to work on the project. Whereas most artists hire on a professional director and production team to articulate their desired vision, the quartet took a more do-it-yourself approach. Using their own childhood toys with the assistance of modern software, they created a stop motion animation video of toys coming to life.

It took 10 weeks and over 2500 individual photographs to compile enough footage to accompany the 3 minute, 26 second song. Some days, 6 hours of shooting would yield only 11 seconds of actual film. "It was frustrating at times," says Jason Lautenschleger, bassist for the band. "I would definitely do it again. Just give me a couple of months off."

The hard work and heart the band put into making the video was not lost on those who saw it first. Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5 and current coach on NBC's The Voice, immediately gushed over the video on Twitter. "My dear dear friends in The Remainers have made a totally radical video for their awesome song 'House'." He then included a link to the video, found here on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lRbrT05l8Y

The video has also been featured as a nostalgic gem on the popular website HelloGiggles.com. Viewer comments call the video heart-warming and joyful. The band could not be more thrilled by the response, citing their favorite comments as "those who call out the toys they played with as kids."

The Remainers have been playing together since 2009. They have a 6-song EP called Formal Fridays which is available at all major online retailers.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/formal-fridays/id395271333

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