Video Review – The Nursery – Lysergically Yours
By Jade Sperry
Toronto band The Nursery released a new video from their EP Carnival Nature called “Lysergically Yours” which hit their YOUTUBE channel on July 9, 2014. They’ve been touring and doing shows from Toronto to Buffalo and back again. They just met a new band member, Jocelyn, who is their new drummer, and life couldn’t be better than it is with lead singer and guitarist Alex Pulec right now. They are recording new music, planning new tours and maybe a surprise or two along the way. I had the pleasure of contacting Alex and doing a fast Q&A with him just a few days ago, and here’s what the interview went down as by email:
Jade: You’ve been doing quite a few shows in Toronto and Buffalo recently. Which gig has been the most fun for you and why?
Alex: You can see Toronto across the water in some parts of Buffalo. It’s not often you get to peer at your home from that far away while bring in another country. We’ve met some of the most amazing people there, for example we’ve met producers, engineers, show promoters and artists alike. We’re really excited about our next Toronto show at Lee’s Palace in Toronto on August 15 as well as a show on August 8 at The Hub in Oshawa.
Jade: You mentioned that there is a new band member. How did that come about and what are the details on the new band member?
Alex: We were in between starting production for the video Lysergically Yours and the moment it was finished, we started working with our new drummer, Jocelyn. That’s why you can’t see her in the video. The change was very amicable and we’re looking forward to adding Jocelyn’s new energy into our songs.
Jade: Are there any new plans on new music coming out soon? And if not, when do you think that might happen?
Alex: We’re recording an exciting batch of new songs right now that we’re planning to release in the fall of 2014. We’ve been mostly working out of GCR Audio in Buffalo. That city has an energy that no urban town or cabin in the woods could ever come close to.
Jade: How did the video of “Lysergically Yours” come about? Whose idea was it and how did it all come together?
Alex: I had the visual ideas and sketches for a face to be covered in coloured “Jimmies” around for an independent photography project I was planning on doing a year ago. “Jimmies” are the actual name of those tiny multi-coloured sugar shapes, typically rods and balls. When it came up that we were going to do a video for this song, I felt those ideas fit much better with the colours and mood of the music. We collaborated with Toronto photographers Devon Stewart and Genevieve Blais to help crystallize and capture the vision.
Jade: What’s coming up in the future of The Nursery?
Alex: More new music, more touring and a maybe an 8-bit style video game with Famicom versions of our music for the soundtrack.
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Sounds awesome and a game plan of some sort. Whatever the final outcome, I’m sure we’ll all enjoy what The Nursery come up and out with. Great musicians and great visual ideas in general for the two videos by this band so far. I personally can’t wait to hear some new tunes in the fall from this band! And to see more artistically creative videos.
The video is really well done. The funny thing that stands out in this video are the coloured candy bits on those sugary doughnuts, the “Jimmies” which I never knew the name of and I will remember that. I have to say that when I first saw this video, I was laughing because I found what they were doing was funny, but in a good way. Anyway…..the band is in a room that is covered in aluminium foil (much like Andy Warhol’s The Factory was like from 1965-1969) which I thought was a good move as Warhol was a visionary artist much like Alex in some ways. The band performs the song and in some parts it’s kitschy and fun. You can tell all members of the band are having fun. This video is kind of like Warhol’s Factory in the sense that adding simple props to make it seem timeless in some ways works well. Devon Stewart and Genevieve Blais have given the video artistic life in a sense, as well as the original idea by Alex. Photographers are some of the most artistic people I’ve ever met and can be an added value to any video setting. I especially like the goggles worn by Jared Roth on keys – gives it a good feel with the silver background. And Victor Ess’s haircut is a big plus as it just looks good on him playing bass. And then there’s those candy sprinkles (Jimmies) around the mouths of Alex and the mystery lady…..have they been eating the same doughnuts? And, are they Lysergically each other’s mate? I could guess but I’d rather revel in the mystery.
Isn’t it funny how sugar, music and candy sprinkles, or “Jimmies”, look good in a silver room with a rocking good song?
The video is right here – let the band and myself know your thoughts on it by sending some comments!