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Junk Science Call for a "Fire Drill"
Posted by Steve Juon at Friday, April 24th, 2009 at 3:00PM :: Email this article :: Print this article



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Junk Science Call for a "Fire Drill"

Junk Science spared no expense when it came to their new video, "Fire Drill". Literally. The self-proclaimed recession artists recently shot the home-style video for zero dollars with the help of famed director and friend Andrew Gura. The group first collaborated with Gura on the set of their video "Roads" in 2005, having kept in touch since, they leapt at the opportunity to join forces once again – this time at the group’s Brooklyn apartment. The low key but high-energy video was able to bring them back to their roots, says emcee Baje One, “I think for all of us, it was some real back to basics shit, really stripped down, and personal. No money, no crew, no stress. It was like when we were kids and we used to just make stupid videos for fun. And I really think that joy comes across in the look of the video”.

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“This is recession art. We made this video for zero dollars without ever stepping foot outside of our apartment” says Baje One, emcee for Brooklyn hip hop group JUNK SCIENCE (Embedded Music / Definitive Jux / Nuclear Family).

“It only looks good because it was shot and directed and edited by Andrew Gura who is the motherfucking man who makes videos for Nas and Snoop and other famous people but who also happens to be a down-to-earth cool dude who just loves to do videos.”

“We first met Dr. Gura in 2005 when Scion hired him to make our video for ‘Roads’. At the time we knew nothing about him, and vice versa, but he tried really hard to make something that would be special and personal to us, and in the end he delivered a final product that went way beyond our expectations. He really captured what that song was about, and we’ve kept in touch ever since. So when he called me to say he was coming to town a few months ago, I was like ‘Hey do you wanna shoot something?’ and he was like ‘Totally.’”

“He came over to me and Snaf’s apartment one day in February. We had no money, no concepts, no nothing. But Andrew just started walking around the house, looking at all the weird stuff we had lying around, pointing out how interesting our place was, kind of thinking out loud, and I could tell the gears were turning. I showed him the camera we had, and he was unimpressed. He asked me if I had heard about these new digital stills cameras that shoot HD video. Fucking weird coincidence... my brother Vito had just bought the exact same camera he was asking about.”

“That was kind of the catalyst, the ‘this was meant to be’ moment. He grabbed the camera and we just started shooting stuff. Real off-the-cuff like ‘ok now change into that shirt and let’s do a take of you rapping in the shower’. We shot the video over the course of three short days, and my brother leant a hand on day three, stepping in as the DP.”

“I think for all of us, it was some real back to basics shit, really stripped down, and personal. No money, no crew, no stress. It was like when we were kids and we used to just make stupid videos for fun. And I really think that joy comes across in the look of the video.”

The song “Fire Drill” is out now on a Def Jux iTunes exclusive compilation Time Travel, Vol. 1 and is the second of two early previews of Junk Science’s upcoming album “A Miraculous Kind Of Machine” due out later this year.

You can get both tracks for FREE at www.radiobelly.com .

Buy Definitive Jux Presents: Time Travel, Vol. 1 on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=308340955&s=143441 .



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