FIELD TRIP "STUCK" VIDEO PREMIERE + INTERVIEW

LOS ANGELES BASED BAND FIELD TRIP HAS JUST RELEASED A MUSIC VIDEO FOR THEIR LATEST SINGLE “STUCK.” A FILM NOIR STYLED SHORT FILM, ATTEMPT TO UNRAVEL THIS MYSTERY FOR YOURSELF BY WATCHING THE VIDEO BELOW + CHECKING OUT A MINI INTERVIEW WITH NOAH OF FIELD TRIP…

WHO IS FIELD TRIP?

field trip is me (Noah) + a rotating cast of talented friends. I record mostly by myself, but all of the people I play with live have an undeniable influence on the recordings, which is something I love and welcome. A lot of these people with have their own fantastic projects (i.e Nitefire, Milly).

YOU’RE DISCOGRAPHY SPANS TO 2015 -- HOW HAVE YOU EVOLVED SINCE THEN? ESPECIALLY WITH YOUR LATEST SINGLE?

My first releases as field trip were my first ever attempts at music production, so I feel like my process has become a lot more deliberate since then. Whereas then, I was really just trying stuff out aimlessly hoping it would work, I now feel like I can navigate recording/composition a little more freely, and choose how I experiment with more thought. I definitely try to hold on to that spontaneity/curiosity in the creative process though, which I think manifests in me trying to tap into influences that feel foreign to me. Recently I’ve been really into the idea of recontextualizing the sonic theatricality of bands like Tears for Fears.

YOU RECENTLY CREATED A MUSIC VIDEO FOR YOUR SONG “STUCK.” DOES THE VIDEO RELATE AT ALL TO THE CONTENT OF THE SONG? DID YOU ACHIEVE WHAT YOU ORIGINALLY ENVISIONED? TELL US ABOUT THE PROCESS!

The video definitely relates to the contents of “Stuck” lyrically, in that I play this unnamed detective/PI type who finds himself in a Groundhog’s Day-esque scenario, unwillingly repeating the process of photographing a crime scene indefinitely (“Stuck on a timeline”). There’s also the eventual reveal in the last shot of the video - this sort over the top Twilight Zone moment - that taps into the confusion and self-doubt the song alludes to. That scene in particular had me treading water fully clothed in a freezing pool on a rainy day. It was so fun and so gratifying to get out of my comfort zone like that. My best friends Alex Silberberg and Phillip JW Braun directed it, and they did a fantastic job of communicating with me, getting vague ideas out of my head and transforming them into something concrete. We want to do more videos using the noir/detective motif, and do so in different cinematic contexts - this one is almost a direct rip of Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard. We want to play with that character archetype - the Dale Cooper type - as a starting point, and see how we can change it with visual contexts. I call my version of this character Fresno Sunrise. I’d love to make a full movie as him, but I don’t wanna get ahead of myself. I think the next rendition will be more pulpy and less hi-fi.

WHAT’S NEXT? ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT OUR READERS TO KNOW?

I honestly felt stuck on some music for a while, but some recent collaborations with a friend I made on tour have helped me get out of my own head and finish some stuff. I’ve been working on an album for what feels like forever, and I finally am in a place where I I’m close to being done with it, so that should be coming soon, along with a lot more visual content like I’d mentioned above. We also hope to get back on the road soon. We recently got off of our longest tour yet, and I already miss it. For now I’m just wrapping up these new songs and we are playing the occasional local gig in southern CA.

LISTEN TO FIELD TRIP HERE! + MAKE SURE TO SEE EM AT THE ECHO THIS SATURDAY!

al smith