The Story Behind Out of Reverie's "I Hope They Call Me Henry When I Die" Music Video
Out of Reverie rocking in Eugene
Who said ill-fated tours with a mass of canceled shows aren't good for anything? Every little adventure has its upsides.
Just ask Out of Reverie, who hit up the West Coast late last month (or read my tour blog). Sure, the van broke down, a few shows got canceled, and we had to drive 18-hours straight from Boise to Phoenix -- but it wasn't all bad.
The boys in OOR even managed to get a creepy music video out of the deal.
When the show in Eugene, Oregon turned out to be a bust, guitarist Rene Teran reluctantly told the friend we were supposed to stay with that we would not be coming through.
But that friend, photographer and videographer Nic Adenau, was not having it. He offered up his spacious house as a venue and even managed to wrangle up some PA equipment for the guys to use.
"It was just all around really spontaneous," said Teran. "Here we are pissed that Eugene got canceled and we weren't going to through Oregon at all, but Nic told us to relax and play a house show and just have a good time, and we did."
Thus, the tour lived for another day and we had one of the most intensely fun nights of the entire trip. Eugene came out in force and partied hard with Out of Reverie until the cops came to shut us down because of the noise.
As I mentioned earlier, Adenau is handy with a camera. He also loved Out of Reverie's sound and wanted to help them promote their music further.
So, when a video shoot for local rapper Remy Rock (who also came out to OOR's show in Eugene and kills it in his own right) fell through, Adenau decided to use the opportunity to put together a little something for the boys in Phoenix.
"I was up in the woods and I really wanted to shoot something up here," said Adenau.
Adenau thought up a concept in which a mysterious and bloody young woman wanders through the forest in reverse. Between the scenery and the story, every movement is at once confusing, beautiful, and enthralling.
"I was experimenting with this structure where what happened first chronologically is actually the climax," Adenau said.
He thought this story related to the several Out of Reverie songs, and then called up bassist Jake Krauss, who felt like it most fit with "I Hope They Call Me Henry When I Die."
"Content-wise it ['Henry'] was probably the closest to his idea without being a completely literal interpretation, which I liked," said Krauss. "The tone of 'Henry' matched his idea for the video more than any of the other songs."
Thus, the first Out of Reverie music video was born.
"I think everyone has that voice in the back of their heads when someone hurts you and you just want that person to die," Adenau said. "You don't really feel that way, but you kind of still have that in you and if they got hurt you might be okay with it."
I am not going to lie, the first time I watched the video it seemed much too dark for Out of Reverie. But then I watched it again and really listened to the words and the sardonic, spitefulness came through and the association began to click.
"It is definitely not what I expected, but in a good way," said lead singer Dain Griffin.
The voice in my head is telling me that both the video and the circumstances that created it are unique.
Without the tour and cancellations, none of this would have happened. And if Out of Reverie had contacted a director in the Valley to create a video, I don't think it would have turned out as original.
The distance between the band and the director and the spontaneous nature of the video itself all give it a little something extra. They give it a real story to tell.