The one that got away, the misspent youth, the late nights winding on. The thoughts of the late-stage twenty-something feeling that vim and vigour go past them. It’s the crux of single Let Go, by songwriter Final Boss of My Twenties.
Writes Danny Carroll:
Final Boss Of My Twenties is the well-chosen moniker of Simon Maguire. The twenty-eight year old Dubliner has been many things in his life – a gardener, barman, shelf-stacker and admin office drone – negotiating the precarious employment prospects of a philosophy graduate post global crash. Looking into his thirties and increasingly feeling his youth slip away, Maguire has now chosen to face his final boss – songwriting. Attending the BIMM School Of Music, Maguire honed his craft, arriving at a sound that evokes literate 80s crooners such as Julian Cope and Morrissey.
Video directed by Sean Gallagher, camera by Joe van Velzen.
Something about anniversaries that just makes for a great hook for a story, isn’t there? Hit Parade knew this when they reconvened last year for a tenth-anniversary show, but in filming a new video for founder Conor O’Malley’s tune Shake of Hands (The Heart), the band has created a little something more.
Last year (we) reunited for a 10 year anniversary where we performed a charity gig at Dublin’s Workman’s Club, recorded a new song, and filmed an accompanying short film.
Shot in black and white, the new video for “Shake of Hands (The Heart)” finds band members starring in their own urban tale. The setting is contemporary Dublin, and as the song’s plaintive lyrics and Rickenbackers ring out, an intense chess game unfolds, intercut with street shots and religious imagery.
The short film is directed by Hit Parade members Conor Purcell and Conor O’Malley, screenplayed by Conor Purcell, and filmed and edited by award winning videographer Daniel Dalton. Music and lyrics were written by Conor Purcell, performed by Hit Parade, and recorded and mixed by Daniel Doherty at Darklands Audio, Dublin.
The video for technical metal veterans Meshuggah’s new single Clockworks is miiiighty impressive, marrying the band’s Gigeresque art/aesthetic to dynamic, moving, fractal art courtesy of Dutch visual effects maestro Julius Horsthuis.