The spitfires (1 am), with Boomkat (midnight), Staggered Crossing (11 pm), CAROLYN MARK (10 pm) and Soft Canyon (9 pm), at the Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Friday (February 28), $8 or wristband. 416-598-4753.
Just when the members of Vancouver riff-rock squad the Spitfires had given up all hope of ever getting a video made for their riotous thrash Headcase, they got an unexpected offer they couldn't refuse. While they were having their VideoFact applications turned down, filmmaker Danny Nowak was looking for a promising indie band with which his Spitfire Films company could experiment on the video process.
When Nowak saw a poster announcing a gig by the Spitfires showcasing their Three (Longshot) disc, a light bulb lit up.
"Danny came to a few of our gigs and liked our energy," explains Spitfires guitarist Jay Millette, formerly of the Black Halos. "He told us he could make a great-looking video for next to nothing, so we jumped at the chance.
"He called in all his industry favours to cover the film costs and the rental of the lot, and used a volunteer crew to help out. We were able to make what would've been a huge-budget video -- with all these pyro effects -- really inexpensively. We've sent a copy to MuchMusic, so hopefully we can get it shown this week."
Pyro? Considering that last week's horribly tragic club inferno in Rhode Island was caused by pyrotechnic effects, the Spitfires fiery clip for Headcase could prove highly controversial.
"Oh, my god! I never made the connection. But now that you mention it, the pyro we're using in the video looks a lot like the news footage I saw.
"In our video, there are these cannons behind us that shoot out bursts of sparks and flames, some barrels catch fire and everything starts burning."
Could be a little too much for Much. When was the last time you saw Nelly's Hot In Here video in rotation? It should be interesting to see whether Headcase gets aired.
"The pyro thing is actually just a small part of our video," Millette assures me. "It only lasts a few seconds onscreen, so I don't think it'll be a problem.
"I should make it clear that we never use any pyro effects at our shows. We just sweat a lot and our crowd likes to spray beer all over the place."firstname.lastname@example.org