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At midday on an overcast Sunday in July we met outside the M Club in Crewe, for this was to be the venue for the shooting of or new promo video for brand new song "Wildside". There were the five band members; crew members Steve & Smudge; Ant Critchley and Adrian Hall who were in charge of filming and directing etc.; Dave T and his lovely wife Tiff were in charge of backdrop manufacturing; Daniel Bamber and Josh Devine - playback and lighting; Phil Matthews - photographer and not forgetting our good friend Mark Palethorpe who's just an all-round good chap and willing helper.
The M Club is an old converted cinema and a fantastic live venue. Ant was happy because
it had loads of dark, dank, spooky corridors to film in. The gear was unloaded and
set up on the stage, and it was time for lights, camera, action. "Wildside" belted
out of the PA and sounded really great this loud. We were put through our paces with
Ant and Adrian directing, giving us instructions on what they wanted from us. It's
a great song to rock out to so we were having a blast. Paul Anthony (Rock Radio 106)
came down for a visit and loved the track.
When Ant had all the footage he needed from the stage the gear was set up on the venue floor "in the round" and we were filmed by Ant who was being pushed around on a flightcase by poor Smudge.
Ant took us off to the dark depths of the club to do some moody special effects shots and around 8pm he announced he had enough material and we could call it a day. The gear was packed away and we headed off up the road to the nearest curry house for a bite to eat.
We all agreed we'd never had so much fun doing a video and the track got a huge thumbs
up from all who heard it. We said our goodbyes and thanked everyone for all their
hard work and headed off in all directions for the journey home.
Photos courtesy of Mark Palethorpe, Phil Matthews & Steve Church
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