Pena Colabra Lockdown Music Video

Pena Colabra | Music Video | Ben and Jack Studio


Pena Colabra

Music videos have been so important to myself and Jack. As mentioned previously, my youth was made up largely of creating music not only hip-hop. We started playing instruments when we were 13 years old. Wether it was punk rock in my first band or hip hop a little later. For the last 15 years, I have done very little but the fire was always there, slowly burning away. I guess I have Covid to thank for allowing me the time to get back to it

 

The beginning 

The way Pena Colabra came about was quite strange. For example, I didn’t even know Jack played guitar. He never ever mentioned it. Another testament to how humble he is. I had an old acoustic sat by my deskt for weeks before he picked it up and started playing Beethoven. Your eyes are not deceiving you, BEETHOVEN! I was blown away. I think I looked up from my office chair (how times change) and said we should start a band. We did 

I asked my closest mates who played instruments if they’d join in and they didn’t hesitate

Jack taking a break on set. Even his BTS is epic!

Jack taking a break on set. Even his BTS is epic!

Ben playing the guitar that TSOA chords were written on

Ben playing the guitar that TSOA chords were written on

Bradley arriving on his BMX, true class

Bradley arriving on his BMX, true class

The full team. Ben, Neil, Selina, Jack and Bradley

The full team. Ben, Neil, Selina, Jack and Bradley

 


Saxby 

Actually I’ll we rewind a couple of months to before I heard Beethoven. I had a lot more time in lockdown. I started playing guitar again. Started to listen to some old music. I was fully onboard a nostalgic wave and I thought I’d have a go at just recording one of my favourite songs, Lake of Fire, by the meat puppets. Having sent the results over to Neil, it turns out that this was really the start of realisation that we wanted to make music together again. Throughout every turn of musical endeavour, Neil has been a constant. Recording my drums, recording my guitars, recording my versus and my vocals. Neil has had a fantastic career in music working and overseeing huge operations within the Brits and with Andrew Lloyd-Webber. It’s fair to say that he keeps good company

 

Neil plays his bass guitar in the rain

Neil plays his bass guitar in the rain

 

The song

It’s hard to describe TSOA. Hard to put it into a genre too. The music is a strange mix of lots of different influences. It has hints of grunge, punk and good ol rock n roll. The vocals have a very strong hip hop type of rhythm to them which basically pulls all my favourite music into one song essentially. Neil and I co wrote the main bulk of the song and Jack came along at the end plucked absolute fire onto the end of it. When I heard the solo, it became very obvious how this music video was going to end. We will come to that wonderful performance later


The subject of the song, in terms of lyrics, wasn’t for everyone, I found that out pretty quickly. The joys of posting online! Sometimes when stuff goes on in the world, you just write a song about it. That’s how I felt that day, sorry

Ben with the Ronin 2. Thank goodness they were short takes

Ben with the Ronin 2. Thank goodness they were short takes

The video

We wanted to go all out for this music video. Well I did anyway. The concept was a band that are unable to jam together. As they are unable to this they each set their phones up and join a team chat platform

Each person go their own little intro and are all present on the video chat when the song kicks in, except for Jack

As each person does their bit we have a side story. Jack has overslept and missed the call. Not wanting disappoint, he pulls out all the stops and even finds a couple of dancers, sitting on the side of the road. The ending is big and beautiful. There are lights, a lot of lights, 50 confetti canons, dancers, CO2 blasting fog machines, branded merchandise and a massive warehouse to fit it all in

Jack was late to the party, but he absolutely stole the show


When putting the ideas down it was pretty difficult at some points to articulate the concept I was imagining. I think the rest of the band were unsure of what I was trying to achieve. To be honest, at points I was doubting myself!

Jack

The song builds to such a big crescendo I just wanted the video to do the same. When we were writing the music I think I said words to the effect of ‘Do what you want with the solo Jack, just make sure its the most epic thing you have ever done in your life’

When Jack finally makes it onto the video call, he arrives with a bang. Literally. We set off all of the confetti and all of the lights were going ten to the dozen. At one point we burned the fog machines out. Oops. We shot this scene 22 times so I could choose parts of the performance that always had something going on. I was spoilt for choice in the edit!

Jack delivers his solo and the song comes to an end. I just want to thank everyone for their input into this music video. A true collaborative effort. Thank you to Jack, Neil, Selina, Bradley, Tony, Ida, Kelsey, Ben at Orange Discos

It’s fair to say, that, as always, Jack delivered on this project. When we recorded the track and it came back from our producer Adam Train who truly is an absolute genius by the way, I was blown away again. Even more than when I heard him play Beethoven

 

 

 

Thank you for watching

Ben Marlow

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Jack Tompkins

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