Artist: City Rain Video: 'Real Good' Highlight: "'Real Good' started out as a bit…
- Posted on Sep 22nd 2011 6:00PM by Ben Jones
Video: 'I'm Gone'
Highlight: "I was sitting in my car realizing it was over," Ben Runyan, one half of City Rain, tells Spinner. "She knew I was crazy, I had just shown all my cards ... So I put on this demo I had been working on and I started mouthing out these words. I remember thinking maybe it was a bit over-the-top, so I took it to Jarrett and he laid down this guitar track that took the sound in a direction that was so foreign to my ears. It was this strange rockabilly riff over an '80s synth-pop track. But that was it -- we had found our sound."
"The track sat for almost a year before we shot the video. Jarrett met up with Drexel University student Tom Quigley, and the concept was born and out came the sombreros and off came the shirts. The concept was all Tom. I remember getting the first cut of the video and thinking, 'Holy hell!' In the words of Martin Lawrence in 'Bad Boys', 'S--- just got real.' I knew we had something. The video is a chronological and autobiographical tale of where we are and where we are going. Like our own personal story, the video starts out in the city of Philadelphia and gradually moves out, and we sure as hell don't end there. The people we were, the lives we thought we would lead are gone, and City Rain is what became of us. It's kinda beautiful, and we would be lying if we said it didn't feel like fate."