Winnipeg band Imaginary Cities (Angel Ceballos)
Chris Mills who made the video tends to make sure he has as many options as possible, for as many things that he may end up wanting to do someday.
—Marti Sarbit, lead singer of Imaginary Cities
Winnipeg's soulful pop quintet Imaginary Cities is taking its considerable success south of the border.
Today the band announced an extensive North American tour and released a brand new music video. The tour supports the U.S. release of Temporary Resident.
Last year the CD Temporary Resident garnered the band a nomination for the prestigious Polaris Prize and a coveted tour opening for The Pixies.
Local fans will be happy to know that the band is making a few Canadian stops this summer, including a show at the Pyramid on June 21 as part of the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival.
Ismaila Alfa, host of SCENE on air caught up with lead singer Marti Sarbit, a few weeks ago to get the story behind the new video, "Calm Before the Storm".
How the video came to be.
Imaginary Cities was filming the video for the song "Temporary Resident" with the very well respected film maker and director Chris Mills.
At the very end of the shoot, he asked Marti Sarbit and Rusty Matyas to stay behind and asked them to sing along to their song "Calm Before the Storm."
He just had them lip synch it into the camera. Unbeknownst to them, the night before he had driven around Winnipeg taking footage of the city using his new camera to film street scenes and buildings.
There was also a sizeable prairie rainstorm going on at the same time he was filming. Mills likes to be as prepared as possible so he's always anticipating what he might use in the future. In this case, his preparedness really paid off.
The video Mills created for "Calm Before the Storm" has received lots of kudos and placements. And there are some great shots of our city.