Interview

Play It Again: The Two Tens “Life”

Meet The Two Tens, a Los Angeles based garage punk duo that have created a timeless sound in just over a year. In such a short amount of time this modern duo has created a thunderous punk-glam style that welcome comparisons to groups like The Hives and The Oh Sees. Their latest video for the song “Life” is a fun interpretation of the song that serves as a barebones playbook for how to spend your time on this planet.

We caught up with the band to talk about the video, and how it came bout.

Play Too Much: Why did you choose this song to make a video for?

Adam: It was actually our friend and director Eddy Hewitt that chose this song. I think it was pretty fitting since he has a great sense of humor and this song is pretty funny.

Rikki:  We’ve made a few vids before this one but it’s great when you have a producer come to you with an idea.  We let Eddy pick any song he wanted off the album and come up with a badass concept and that he did.

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PTM: That’s so cool! I feel like it really helps when someone else steps in and puts forth a strong creative vision. Where was this video filmed? Give us an idea of the day(s).

Adam: Eddy and the crew rented an apartment in LA and shot it all in a day. Everyone was really getting into the fun of this shoot. We had a great time. The apartment was perfect for every set up. We showed up and went straight to the kitchen scene. It was super fun. We got to make a total mess. Pancake batter, pancakes, marshmallows, bananas, syrup were all of the walls and floors. Then we moved on to the bathroom and bedroom set ups. After watching playback of every shot, we all got a big laugh. And then the green screen scenes at the end.

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Rikki:  Yeah, the crew was super pro.  They had a set designer (funnest job ever) that set the apartment for each scene.  He handmade pancakes the night before and stacked them along with other food for me to throw at the camera.  They made Adam crawl in the shower shirtless and we had a pillow fight in the bedroom (no we are NOT dating so don’t even ask).

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PTM: That sounds like the perfect start to any day. Alright so tell us about the vision for the video. How did you come up with the video concept?

Rikki: The concept was also Eddy’s. For our first 4 videos, we came up with the initial ideas and developed them with a director. With this one, Eddy presented his idea and we decided to roll with his vision.

PTM: Well that sounds pretty straight forward. Ok, the video obviously seems like you guys were having such a blast. Tell us, what was the hardest part and most fun part to film?

Adam: The kitchen scene was definitely the most fun. There weren’t any hard parts in the shoot. It was just a long day, but other than that, it’s was a piece of… dare I say… pancake.

Rikki:  The hardest part for me was actually the green scene shots.  We were in an apartment complex during the day so the drums had to be super quiet.  I stuffed them all with pillows and taped my cymbals but it was still too loud.  So, I had to pretend I was hitting them and not actually hit them which is the hardest thing in the world for a drummer.  The most fun was pretending to play drums on a stack of pancakes.

PTM: Who do you want to shout out for helping make this video possible?

Adam and Rikki: Everyone that was involved! Eddy Hewitt for coming to us with this idea and bringing the crew on board;  Adam C Sherer, Tim McCombe, Andy Casillas and Golan Ramraz. MOM comics for creating the kick ass lettering of the lyrics. We loved that! A t-shirt might be in the making 😉 Also, shout out to Sarah Sands, for being awesome.

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