Cricketbows photo by Kyle Sweeney

We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Cricketbows’ new music video for their song “Summer Festival Sky” (watch it below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming EP Communion, which is scheduled to be released through Mosquito Hawk Records on September 8th.

Cricketbows vocalist/guitarist Chad Wells comments on the song:

“We were jamming in the front of my tattoo shop and I came up with the cute little guitar thing that makes up the verse and Chris Corn, our bass player, added the fretless Motown influenced bass line. Musically, everything fell together really fast for that song. I had the idea that I wanted to write a song about a festival and Aarika suggested more of a Carnival, Gypsy sort of setting which sent my mind racing back to the church carnivals I’d go to as a kid, where I’d experience all sorts of highs and lows, heartaches and miseries, smoking cigarettes and drinking warm, underage beers behind the tents and rides and throwing darts at balloons to try to win Motley Crue, Def Leppard or Led Zeppelin mirrors. It’s about the end of a relationship with a self obsessed person that takes place at a festival.”

The band vocalist Aarika Watson comments on the video:

“Recording the video on the rooftop was one of the most nerve-racking things I’ve ever done. I am not an actress and I get nervous like anyone would. Thankfully, I have excellent support within the band. I could not have done it without their coaching and encouragement.”

Wells follows:

“The video is all shot in and around a big old industrial building that houses an indoor bike park owned by our lead guitarist Mike Bisig, interspersed with shots of local carnivals and festivals that our band members captured while they were there with their kids and families. Because we’re all over 30 and have families and careers as Artists and Business Owners, we really make the band happen in and around this other, more terrestrial, world. I think there’s a good representation of that on this EP. It’s got elements of psychedelia and surrealism and fantasy but it’s very down to Earth and roots driven. Effects on these songs are extremely tasteful if they’re used at all and the structure and lyrical content of the songs creates the reality that the songs exist in rather than leaning on a hundred delay or fuzz pedals to create some kind of artificial reality. That’s fun too but it’s just not where we’re at right now.”

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