Produced and Edited by Kenneth Thomas.
Camera Operation by Chris Morgan and Kenneth Thomas.
Shot at Sin-e, New York City, 04 November 2006.
Back in 2006, Grails was part of the Neurot Recordings showcase at CMJ in New York City. The week prior had been all about Neurot, as I had just finished a large chunk of Neurot-related material in rural Idaho. Excited about the prospect of editing together killer interview footage with the documentation of live footage in NYC, I drove back to Portland to jump on a plane to shoot Made Out of Babies, MGR, and Grails, who were all part of CMJ’s Neurot showcase. A large chunk of what you’ll see in the film was shot during this time, as the Montreal footage was shot shortly after this – when I had a 2-week vacation from work, I usually chose to do something like this.
However, this Grails clip did not make the final cut. Why? Well, the footage is a little dark. Plus, when I filmed Neurosis a short time later in Portland, Grails just happened to open for them – so, I had a second chance to film with 3 cameras, a better soundboard recording, and a brightly-lit club. The Grails guys dug this footage, though – you might recognize some of it if you have seen their (highly recommended) DVD, Acid Rain.
Part of the reason why this footage is only 2 cameras is because this NYC trip of video documentation was done solo. This meant carrying a full-size tripod, a backpack full of lights and microphones, and a video camera through the NYC subway turnstiles. And this entailed multiple trips a day from the bongwater-drenched room in a Chelsea hostel to the Lower East Side and Brooklyn for live concert shoots and interviews. By the second day, I had already drenched my packed wardrobe with sweat, due to my added job as an urban pack mule – so I doubt I could have handled yet more equipment, such as another camera.
CMJ footage ended up not making it to the final cut – but, the surrounding interviews in NYC, Idaho, and Montreal, did. Until more Cutting Room Floor surfaces from those 3 days in NYC, enjoy this excellent song from Grails!