Aussie Pop-Punks Just About Done recently released their sophomore EP ‘I Am Getting By’. With a line-up completed by Jack Farnfield and Daniel Sunday on Guitar, Joe Considine on Bass and Michael March on Drums, you may recognise the quintet’s name from the Blink 182 track. Beginning life as a school band, Just About Done reveal that their ambitions lie in bringing the art back into music, with McGee emphasizing that they want to be part of the community to push along: “Listening to albums from start to finish; attaching music to memories; really being there in that point in time, listening and watching a performance, rather than watching through a screen. We know it’s possible.” ‘I Am Getting By’, is self-described as sounding like Violent Soho if you “throw a female singer on top”. Borrowing from early Paramore and The Story So Far they deliver atmosphere and attitude, in three hard-hitting pop-punk doses that brim with enthusiasm and potential. Now they are here to give you a deeper insight into the creation of the 3 inter-linked video singles…
We knew that we wanted to do something a bit different for our release and thought that having 3 videos as a continuous narrative would be the way to do that. At first, we were trying to figure out a way that we can order the tracks for them to make sense and add a narrative that somewhat complimented the lyrics. This was not easy, considering the lyrics weren’t written about one chronological story. After a long brainstorming session, the final story came about. One of our band members expressed how his personal experiences related to the song lyrics, so we decided to make a rough outline of what each video concept would be about. The track listing was chosen based on the story line sequence.
The directors, Mind Society Studios, were totally on board when we brought the idea to them. We met at Southern Cross Hungry Jacks to have our very professional meeting. They were so creative and started drawing up a storyboard straight away, throwing out different ideas and additions to the story. After giving them our main idea, we left it in their hands to fill in the blanks way better than what we were capable of.
We had 3 filming locations in Melbourne. The hospital scenes were shot at The Royal Melbourne Hospital in Parkville. The house scenes were filmed at Jack and Joe’s house, and the skate park scenes were at Taylors Hill skate park.
The hospital was so much fun to shoot at. It is no longer in use, except for filming and ghost tours! There were random files lying around, locked rooms with old furniture and things that had been left behind. A few doorways that we were hesitant to open. There was also a wheelchair floating around which John (the man who played the father figure) taught us how to do mono’s/wheelies, so that was fun.
We are so happy with the final outcome. The amount of detail going of the filming, and even how they have managed to get certain moments to happen in time with the music (main character’s eyes blinking at the conclusion of Strain) just adds so much to the effect. It’s all very impressive and emotional. To have our name be attached to this is a very proud moment for us, and we hope others can get something out of it too.
Currently Announced Live Dates: 24th November – Workers Club, Melbourne* | 6th December – Stay Gold, Melbourne^ | 7th December – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane* | 8th December – The Chippo Hotel, Sydney* (*With Columbus / ^With The Wonder Years + Boston Manor)