The Canadian Mystery of Close Talker's 'Burnstick'
  • THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015

  • Posted by: Don Saas

I love movies and, by proxy, music videos that make me ask "How the hell did they do that?" I was basically asking that question for every second of the running time for Mad Max: Fury Road (which if you haven't seen it yet, what's wrong with you? It's an instant action masterpiece.). And when I was sent the video for Canadian alt-rock act Close Talker's (seemingly of no relation to Judge Reinhold's character on Seinfeld) newest track, "Burnstick," I had to know, "How was it done?" The song itself is worth your time -- a beautiful piece of arena-ready indie rock -- but the video also sneaks its way into your brain.

Check out the video below as well as our chat with Close Talker about their music and recent touring memories.



The video for "Burnstick" relies a lot on both surrealistic imagery and the illusion of being shot in a single take. What were some of the things you were trying to accomplish specifically with this video.

Close Talker: The song "Burnstick" is about not taking yourself too seriously and to enjoy things in the moment. Shooting the video for "Burnstick" was definitely one of those experiences. It's a great showcase of our director Nathan Boey's talents with video and post production effects. We shot it from 8pm to 8am and got to mess around with some pyrotechnics and trampolines. The process of shooting the video was, in a roundabout way, a reference to the lyrics of the song. It was a night of friends hanging out, playing with fire, and having a very memorable experience.

Despite being a Canadian band, I can't help but hear a distinctly American band when I hear this song: Band of Horses. Who were your influences as songwriters and in shaping Close Talker's sound?

I think we have a different answer for this question every few months. We do get a lot of inspiration form of contemporary music, to hear artists take a common idea and create something unique. Just when you think every idea has been used, someone comes out with a new sound. Some of the main albums we were listening to when we wrote "Burnstick" and the rest of Flux were Local Natives' Hummingbird, Bombay Bicycle Clubs A Different Kind of Fix, The National's Trouble Will Find Me, Grizzly Bear's Shields, and Royal Canoe's Today We're Believers. That being said we've all had different music backgrounds growing up, I personally grew up listening to a lot of jazz music. I'm a big fan of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, and Miles Davis.

You've been touring the Continent lately. What have been some of your favorite non-UK memories on your recent European tour?

It has been pretty surreal touring Europe. None of us have done much travelling here so it's amazing to explore and see the history and culture of each city. We are lucky to have made a lot of friends along the way too. The people at each show were engaged and excited to see live music. It's a cool feeling to connect with people even when there's a language barrier between us. The shows have been very special and take up a lot of my favorite memories for sure. Some of the venues we played in were older than Canada. There's so much attention to detail that went into the design of these buildings. We've been mixing in as much exploring as we can too. Some of the major highlights were visiting the Vimy Ridge Memorial Site, climbing to the top of the Dom in Cologne, and walking around the city centre of Brussels. We also ended up having three awesome days in Munich to write and work on some new material. Another important part of the trip has been searching for Europe's best kebab. There's still a week left so unfortunately I cant make any announcements just yet. Ranking on overall flavour, freshness, atmosphere, feeling going in and out, and a 'wow factor if they do something out of the ordinary. I will say that there is a strong Top 3, which will be tough to crack.

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