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Post from Nick:
The video for Home Is A Fire is a result of ten people: Shepard Fairey, Benjamin Gibbard, Nicholas Harmer, Jason McGerr, Christopher Walla, Aaron Stewart-Ahn, Tarin Anderson, Todd Mazer, Justin Micthell and Christopher Hills-Wright who all live where art, music and film intersect.
For me, Home Is A Fire is about redefining familiar space. The narrator in the song seems unsettled, searching and yearning, scanning the environment for something comforting in an uncomfortable place. I knew that if the band would give me a chance to make a visual accompaniment to this song that those would be the themes and mood that I would most want to highlight and accentuate. As a parallel to this, I have always been intrigued and excited about the street art movement that has really exploded during my lifetime. It’s a movement and expression that I feel defines my generation in many ways, and some artists that for years worked as shadows have now become known by name. One of those names is Shepard Fairey. And not only is he an artist that I hold in the highest regard, but he is also a friend.
You can probably see now how these things connect. It was a logical step in my mind to take a song about redefining familiar space and connect it to the visual artistic expression of street art, which also, to me, is rooted in artists redefining familiar spaces. So I called Shepard and asked him if he would be into figuring out a way to do this and also make it compelling. From the very first conversation, Shepard could see this intersection between his world and mine and knew exactly what to do and how to do it. We agreed on key points, we could see it in our minds. I was beyond happy and honored to have his involvement in this.
So I left him to do his thing, to make the art and he left me to mine, to assemble a team of equally creative cinematographers to help document and capture not only the final moments of the art being on walls, but the process leading up to that. This wasn’t a typical music video shoot in that there was no shooting script, no real specific direction to give other than “here’s the song, here’s the art, react.” In every way, while the concept, the music and art, came from Shepard and I, the execution and realization of this project came from Aaron Stewart- ‐Ahn who acted as our Producer and was also one of four cinematographers that also included the talents of Tarin Anderson, Todd Mazer, and Justin Mitchell. Without their eyes behind the lenses, this would not have come together has beautifully as it has. I also have to give credit to Christopher Hills—Wright who, as our editor, had to sort through footage from four cinematographers and somehow weave it all together to make a cohesive, watchable experience. And that is what this has ultimately become, an experience, something interesting to watch and to listen to. There are many narratives here or there are none, it either makes sense or it doesn’t. But regardless of whether or not this “means” anything to you I hope there is a mood and atmosphere in the music and images that makes you think about your familiar spaces and how you define them.