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SWISS ARMY INTERVIEW FILMMAKER PAT FRANCART Posted 07 May 2018

SWISS ARMY sat down with filmmaker and director of their music videos, Pat Francart, to discuss film, inspiration, skulls, Pat’s brain and more. Check out the interview and both music videos below…

Pat Francart & Swiss Army's Brandon Lehman

SA: We’ll start simple: When did you start getting into filmmaking and what was the catalyst that brought you into it?

Pat: I was probably eight or nine, and I went to my cousin Justin’s house. He and his brother Jonathan built a miniature set with a dinosaur and a caveman, and they were shooting stop-motion with the family video camera. When they showed me the finished footage, the dinosaur bent down and grabbed the caveman in its teeth and lifted him up. It was magical.

SA: Who/what are some of your favorite filmmakers and/or pieces of work?

P: James Whale’s “Frankenstein,” Orson Welles (especially “F for Fake”), and George Romero, who was and is an inspiration to regional independent filmmakers.

SA: You used some pretty cool and old cameras for these music videos. Tell us a little about those.

P: We shot “Paris Mountain” with a 1970s-era Bolex, which is a wind-up home movie camera. It’s an agile camera - no batteries, extremely fast and easy to use. You can go from firing off single frames and making insane stroboscopic images to shooting slow motion just by moving your thumb.

We shot “1,000 Pardons” with an Arriflex SR-II, which is essentially a professional documentary camera. That particular camera traveled all over the world with a National Geographic filmmaker named Kenneth Love.

Swiss Army - Paris Mountain


SA: What made you decide to use film instead of a more modern, digital format?

P: My day job in commercial and industrial film is totally digital and “modern.” Personal work shouldn’t feel like your day job or you’ll just have day job ideas. The more I can differentiate my personal working methods from my day job working methods, the more I can differentiate my work.

SA: What challenges did using film bring while shooting the videos?

P: Film itself is never really a challenge. If you can use a light meter, you can shoot film. The challenges came from other nonsense I decided to put myself through, like hand processing and scanning. The only restriction is on shooting time. You have finite film. But I like that because I hate long shooting days.

SA: Once you’re done shooting a video on film, what happens next?

P: Lots.

“Paris Mountain” is hand-processed and hand-transferred 16mm. By that I mean I literally crammed the exposed film into buckets of photographic chemicals, then digitally photographed each frame of film by hand. I shot negative film, but processed it in the wrong chemicals to produce a positive image. Kodak calls this “a highly unstable misuse” of their emulsion. I had to teach myself how to bucket-process color film, which involves a lot of time and temperature control. All of the red flashes on the film are products of accidental film re-exposure from light leaking through the red caps of the processing tanks.

“1,000 Pardons” was processed professionally by a lab, but lab scanning is expensive, so I employed my friend Nathan Inglesby to build a film scanning machine. He produced what is essentially a 3D-printed reverse projector, where the projector lens is the lens of a mirrorless digital camera that photographs each frame as it passes by. It runs at a speed of about one frame per second. We shot about 22 minutes of film, and I digitized about 16 minutes of that, which comes to about 23,000 frames, which took around six hours to capture. Focus, jitter, and workflow issues meant I captured all that footage at least twice, so twelve-ish hours of capture time.

Swiss Army - 1000 Pardons


SA: How does shooting a music video compare with, say, making an experimental film or feature movie?

P: It depends on your working methods. In my case, it’s closer to an experimental film. I like to work from a single visual idea and marry my techniques to that idea.

SA: Some of the visuals of these videos are insane. What was your inspiration or references for them?

P: “1,000 Pardons” was directly inspired by a scene in the 1932 film “Vampyr,” where the protagonist finds himself awake, but paralyzed in a coffin.

“Paris Mountain” has a lot of antecedents - mostly “underground” filmmakers like Jonas Mekas and Marie Menken.

SA: There are a lot of skeletons in both videos. Are you obsessed with death?

P: I would say my skeleton is obsessed with stardom.

SA: For the 1,000 Pardons video, how on earth did you obtain a coffin?

P: I had one made to Brandon’s exact size by my friend Kevin Moran, who is a carpenter. We’re starting an artisanal coffin business.

SA: From your experience, might anyone in Swiss Army have a future career in acting, if music doesn’t work out?

P: As long as the movie doesn’t take place near water, they’ll all do fine. I’ve never seen grown men so bad at swimming.

SA: What’s next for you as a filmmaker?

P: Hopefully more work on celluloid with more musicians. I like making music videos because I have a short attention span. And probably brain damage from all the photochemistry.

SA: Any shoutouts to anybody before we go?

P: I want to thank Tom Bugaj for re-hiring me at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and putting E-6 photochemicals in my hands. And I always need to thank my partner Sara Zullo for being my all-time assistant director.

http://www.patfrancart.com/

Swiss Army - Paris Mountain - OUT NOW!

SPANISH LOVE SONGS - SCHMALTZ SECOND PRESSING! Posted 02 May 2018

Because of all of your huge support since the release of SPANISH LOVE SONGS' 'Schmaltz', we are currently SOLD OUT of the first pressing "Blue & White" vinyl! A few copies of the first pressing may be found on the road from the band (on tour now!) or possibly even your local record store! And now we're pleased to bring you a SECOND pressing!

Today, you can now get your hands on a copy of 'Schmaltz' on "double mint" vinyl! These will ship out IMMEDIATELY so go ahead and treat yourself to one HERE!

Catch Spanish Love Songs on tour now in Europe, and the second part of their North American tour starting soon after!

04/25 - Koln, DE - Stereo Wonderland
04/26 - Breda, NL - Claiming The Crown
04/27 - Munster, DE - Uncle M Fest
04/28 - Berlin, DE - Cassiopeia
04/29 - Braunschweig, DE - B58
04/30 - Hamburg, DE - Gangeviertel
05/01 - Prague, CZ - Rock Cafe
05/02 - Wiener Neustadt, AT - Triebwerk
05/03 - Burghausen, DE - Mathilda
05/04 - Montecchio, IT - La Mesa
05/05 - Zurich, CH - Obenuse Fest
05/06 - Koblenz, DE - Circus Maximus
05/07 - Bochum, DE - Rotunde
05/08 - Antwerp, BE - Boukenborgh

05/10 - Lancaster, PA - Lizard Lounge
05/11 - Washington, DC - The Pinch
05/12 - Charlotte, NC - Lunchbox Records
05/13 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
05/14 - Little Rock, AR - White Water Tavern
05/15 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
05/16 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
05/17 - El Paso, TX - The Neon Rose
05/18 - Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge
05/19 - San Diego, CA - La Escalera Fest
05/20 - Tijuana, MX - La Escalera Fest

OUT NOW! SWISS ARMY - PARIS MOUNTAIN Posted 27 Apr 2018

The wait is over, and you can now climb your way up 'Paris Mountain' by Swiss Army!

'Paris Mountain' serves as Swiss Army's second A-F release, and FIRST full-length, and we think it's a BANGER! The record is out today on limited edition random-colored vinyl, or on a "coke bottle clear" variant for subscribers to the 2018 Record Club!

Stream it today across all digital platforms:

SPOTIFY

APPLE MUSIC

BANDCAMP

Catch Swiss Army playing a handful of shows over the next few weekends! Including their 'Paris Mountain' release show on 04.28.18 at The Smiling Moose in Pittsburgh, PA!

04.27 - Cleveland, OH - Blank Slate Elyria
04.28 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Smiling Moose (Paris Mountain Release Show!)
05.04 - Akron, OH - It's A Kling Thing!
05.05 - Columbus, OH - The Dollhouse
05.11 - Detroit, MI - Hamtrack Korner Bar
05.12 - Buffalo, NY - Sugar City

HAPPY RELEASE DAY, SWISS ARMY!

ANTI-FLAG 'THEIR SYSTEM DOESN'T WORK FOR YOU' TO BE PRESSED ON VINYL FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! Posted 26 Apr 2018

Big news for vinyl collectors this week! The 1998 release from ANTI-FLAG, 'Their System Doesn't Work For You' is being pressed on vinyl for the first time ever!

TSDWFY serves as the FINAL entry to last year's 2017 Record Club, and members can expect their copies immediately! The 2018 Record Club members have already had a headstart on the A-F Records EXCLUSIVE variant so make sure to get your pre-orders in quick as they're only available to 300! 500 additional random-colored vinyl will also be pressed! Furthermore, a t-shirt bundle alongside the DOUBLE LP is also available! Click the images below to be directed to the pre-orders + more details!

TARAKANY! DEBUT FIRST NEW SONG/VIDEO FROM NEW ALBUM Posted 26 Apr 2018

The punx in TARAKANY! are here with a brand new song and video for "Killing Pigs" from their forthcoming full-length 'The Power of One' out 06.08.18 on A-F Records! Check it out below:


Dmitry of the band had this to say about the song:

"The idea of this song is coming out of belief in equal rights for every being on our planet. And if there are people who’s agenda is non-violence behavior, how can they be involved in killing living beings? There are so many ways to feed yourself without violence and it’s such a shame that because of prejudice, habits and propaganda of meat industry, a lot of people yet not realized this simple idea. Especially, this issue is really big in Russia where vegans and vegetarians even nowadays still not understood. Just by denying flesh of animals as a food you can cause an aggression.

We are really happy to share these beliefs with a lot of musicians in punk and hardcore scene, here in Russia and worldwide as well, and we are honored to have some of them on this record which is called Killing Pigs: Chris #2 of Anti-Flag, Yotam of Useless ID, Russ from Good Riddance, Willem from Antillectual an Nico from Rogers, that’s a great pleasure for us to have you supporting us, thank you very much for being a part of this."

You can pre-order 'The Power of One' today on limited edition colored vinyl (only 150 pressed!) while 2018 Record Club members can expect their copy on an opaque dark green vinyl!

Tracklisting:
1. Lie For Lie
2. For Those In The Minority
3. Killing Pigs
4. What I Can Change
5. 7 Billion
6. The Power of One
7. Let's Not Get Political
8. Who You Were Yesterday
9. Out of the Way
10. The End of Hatred

INTRODUCING TARAKANY! - NEW ALBUM 'THE POWER OF ONE' COMING JUNE 2018 Posted 19 Apr 2018

This week we're excited to announce that we have signed Russian punk rock band, TARAKANY!

Tarakany! hail from Moscow, Russia, and have been traveling across the country as well as eastern & western Europe for the better part of 20+ years! Their lyrics run the gamut from political themes such as human rights, discrimination, inequality and corruption to lighter fare such as sex, partying and clueless music critics. No matter the topic, there is almost always a dose of irreverence and clever wordplay.

In addition, Tarakany! are coming to A-F Records with a brand new full-length album in tow! 'The Power of One' will be released THIS JUNE, and also serves as the next entry in the 2018 Record Club!

'The Power of One' will be available on limited edition colored vinyl with the 2018 Record Club members receiving an "opaque dark green" vinyl variant, while everyone else can pre-order a copy on random-colored vinyl! Both variants are only available to 150 pressings, so act fast to get a copy for yourself!

Tracklisting:

1. Lie For Lie
2. For Those In The Minority
3. Killing Pigs
4. What I Can Change
5. 7 Billion
6. The Power of One
7. Let's Not Get Political
8. Who You Were Yesterday
9. Out of the Way
10. The End of Hatred

Welcome to the family, Tarakany!


WATCH: SWISS ARMY CHEAT DEATH IN "1000 PARDONS" VIDEO -- OR DO THEY? Posted 12 Apr 2018

Only 2 more weeks remain until SWISS ARMY drop their debut full-length album 'Paris Mountain' on the masses! This week, we partnered up with New Noise Magazine to bring you a brand new music video for the band's next single, "1000 pardons"! Check it out below:

Swiss Army - 1000 Pardons


'Paris Mountain' is due out on 04.27.18! It will be available on limied edition random-colored vinyl, OR subscribers to the 2018 Record Club can expect an exclusive "coke bottle clear" variant limited to 150! Pre-order your copy by clicking the image below!

Upcoming SWISS ARMY tour dates:

4/27 – Elyria OH @ Blank Slate (Ed Fest)
4/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose (Paris Mountain Release Show!)
5/04 – Akron, OH @ Kling Thing!
5/05 – Columbus, OH @ The Dollhouse
5/11 – Detroit, MI @ Hamtramck Korner Bar
5/12 – Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City

WATCH: LAWN CARE CLIMB THE SCHOVILLE SCALE IN NEW VIDEO "RUST BELT" Posted 04 Apr 2018

The spicy boys in LAWN CARE are back this week with a new video for their song "Rust Belt" from their sophomore release 'Replacement Therapy' released last summer!

In the new video, they put their taste buds to the test lathering up wings from our favorite local snack spot, Spak Bros. using hot sauces varying on different levels of the schoville scale! Do they have what it takes to climb to the top?! Find out below:

Lawn Care - Rust Belt


Order your copy of 'Replacement Therapy' on limited edition colored vinyl today!

Tracklisting:
1. Hard To Change
2. Regret Accountant
3. Farmers Tan
4. Rust Belt
5. Four Day Weekend
6. Biddy Lounge Song
7. Disarming Smile
8. If You Die In The Summer, You Die In Real Life
9. Excelsior
10. Mister Sunshine
11. I Guess This Is Goodbye
12. Replacement Therapy

OUT NOW! SPANISH LOVE SONGS - SCHMALTZ Posted 30 Mar 2018

The day has finally arrived! The new full-length A-F debut by SPANISH LOVE SONGS, 'Schmaltz' is here!

Praises for the new blisteringly honest album by Spanish Love Songs have been extremely positive, and we're excited to finally be able to deliver it to the rest of the world!

"Schmaltz will almost certainly find its way into the hearts of many Punknews readers. I haven't been able to turn it off yet." -Punknews.org -- 4/5

"I defy you not to find yourself listening to the whole thing once you’ve dropped the needle or hit play." -The Punk Site

"Spanish Love Songs have created a painfully relatable and cathartic release." -The Prelude Press

"If all is right with the world, ‘Schmaltz’ should be seen as the punk record of 2018. It’s an unbelievable heartfelt and addictive album, one that grows with every listen. 5/5" -Already Heard

'Schmaltz' is available to order here at A-F Records, and through Uncle M Music for our European friends! Order your limited edition half & half blue/white vinyl HERE:

'Schmaltz' is also available to stream in full across all digital platforms including SPOTIFY, APPLE MUSIC, & BANDCAMP! Be sure to check in with Spanish Love Songs today and congratulate them on their Release Day, and let them know what you think of 'Schmaltz'!

Join Spanish Love Songs on Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


-Welcome to the family, Spanish Love Songs!-



STREAM: SWISS ARMY UNLEASH NEW TRACK "LOVED ONES" Posted 29 Mar 2018

Our friends over at TheBadCopy.com are streaming a brand new SWISS ARMY track for you today!

"Loved Ones" is the opening track to Swiss Army's forthcoming full-length 'Paris Mountain'. Here's what frontman/guitarist, Brandon Lehman had to say about the track:

“An incredible thing happened. Love rekindled in an amazing way. This was either exciting or dreadful, I wasn’t sure yet. Whatever it was, it seemed out of our control. Also, there’s a guitar solo.”

You can check out "Loved Ones" by clicking HERE to visit the premiere!

If you're pumped on what you hear, order a copy of 'Paris Mountain' (out 04.27.18!) on limited edition random color vinyl HERE...

OR be one of the last of the 1 out of 150 subscribers to the 2018 Record Club to get your hands on an exclusive "coke bottle clear" variant! Click HERE to subscribe, or on the image below!

WATCH "Paris Mountain" by Swiss Army:


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WATCH: SPANISH LOVE SONGS SLICE UP A NEW VIDEO -- BELLYACHE! Posted 21 Mar 2018

The SPANISH LOVE SONGS gang are back once again with another brand new music video for their song "Bellyache"! The song serves as the third single released from the upcoming album 'Schmaltz' due out on 03.30.18! Check out the new video below and see why we were so nervous watching it for the first time:

Spanish Love Songs - Bellyache


Pre-Order your copy of 'Schmaltz' today by clicking HERE!

Tracklisting:
1. Nuevo
2. Sequels, Remakes, & Adaptations
3. Bellyache
4. Buffalo Buffalo
5. Otis/Carl
6. The Boy Considers His Haircut
7. El Niño Considers His Failures
8. Joana, In Five Acts
9. Beer & NyQuil (Hold It Together)
10. It's Not Interesting
11. Aloha To No One

Tour Dates:
04/11 - Las Vegas, NV - Evel Pie
04/12 - Denver, CO - Streets Of London
04/13 - Kansas City, MO - The Rino
04/14 - Chicago, IL - Downstairs (At Sub-T)
04/15 - Kalamazoo, MI - Shakespeare's Pub
04/16 - Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class
04/17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Cattivo
04/18 - Toronto, ON - Baby G
04/19 - Montreal, QC - L'esco
04/20 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
04/21 - Brooklyn, NY - Cellar Lounge
04/22 - Boston, MA - O'Brien's Pub
04/25 - Koln, DE - Stereo Wonderland
04/26 - Breda, NL - Claiming The Crown
04/27 - Munster, DE - Uncle M Fest
04/28 - Berlin, DE - Cassiopeia
04/29 - Braunschweig, DE - B58
04/30 - Hamburg, DE - Gangeviertel
05/01 - Prague, CZ - Rock Cafe
05/02 - Wiener Neustadt, AT - Triebwerk
05/03 - Burghausen, DE - Mathilda
05/04 - Montecchio, IT - La Mesa
05/05 - Zurich, CH - Obenuse Fest
05/06 - Koblenz, DE - Circus Maximus
05/07 - Bochum, DE - Rotunde
05/08 - Antwerp, BE - Boukenborgh
05/10 - Lancaster, PA - Lizard Lounge
05/11 - Washington, DC - The Pinch
05/12 - Charlotte, NC - Lunchbox Records
05/13 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
05/15 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
05/16 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
05/18 - Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge
05/19 - San Diego, CA - La Escalera Fest
05/20 - Tijuana, MX - La Escalera Fest

WATCH: THE HOMELESS GOSPEL CHOIR - 1983 Posted 19 Mar 2018

This week, THE HOMELESS GOSPEL CHOIR is back with a brand new music video for "1983" off of his most recent release, Check it out below:

The Homeless Gospel Choir - 1983

THGC a.k.a. Derek Zanetti, is set to go out on the road with punk rock troubadour, Frank Turner, starting next month in the U.K. & Ireland on the initial leg of the "Be More Kind" World Tour! Tickets for these shows are selling out FAST, so be sure to get yours while you can at THEHOMELESSGOSPELCHOIR.com!

U.K & IRELAND DATES w/ Frank Turner & Arkells:

04/13 - Manchester Academy - Manchester, UK
04/15 - The Academy - Dublin, Ireland
04/16 - The Academy - Dublin, Ireland
04/18 - The Limelight 1 - Belfast, UK
04/20 - The Garage Aberdeen - Aberdeen, UK
04/21 - The Liquid Room - Edinburgh, UK
04/22 - O2 Academy Newcastle - Newcastle, UK
04/24 - O2 Academy Sheffield - Sheffield, UK
04/25 - O2 Academy Liverpool - Liverpool, UK
04/27 - O2 Academy Bristol - Bristol, UK
04/28 - Great Hall - Exeter, UK
04/30 - Cambridge Corn Exchange - Cambridge, UK
05/01 - O2 Guildhall Southampton - Southampton, UK
05/02 - Southend Cliffs Pavilion - Westcliff-on-Sea, UK
05/04 - O2 Academy Leicester - Leicester, UK
05/05 - O2 Academy Oxford - Oxford, UK
05/08 - Hull City Hall - Hull, UK
05/09 - Norwich UEA - Norwich, UK
05/11 - Roundhouse - London, UK

They'll be covering ground all over North America as well, with Lucero, and The Menzingers! Find all dates listed below:

THE HOMELESS GOSPEL CHOIR on tour with Frank Turner:

05.31 - DETROIT, MI - THE FILLMORE
06.01 - PITTSBURGH, PA - STAGE AE
06.02 - COLUMBUS, OH - EXPRESS LIVE
06.03 - BALTIMORE, MD - PIER SIX PAVILION
06.05 - PHILADELPHIA, PA - THE FILLMORE
06.06 - NEW YORK, NY - PLAYSTATION THEATER
06.08 - CHARLOTTE, NC - THE FILLMORE
06.09 - ATLANTA, GA - THE TABERNACLE
06.10 - ORLANDO, FL - HOUSE OF BLUES
06.12 - DALLAS, TX - HOUSE OF BLUES
06.13 - AUSTIN, TX - STUBB'S
06.15 - PHOENIX, AZ - VAN BUREN
06.16 - LOS ANGELES, CA - HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM
06.17 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - WARFIELD THEATRE
06.19 - SALT LAKE CITY, UT - THE COMPLEX
06.21 - KANSAS CITY, MO - THE TRUMAN
06.22 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MYTH
06.23 - CHICAGO, IL - ARAGON BALLROOM
06.24 - CLEVELAND, OH - HOUSE OF BLUES

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