Indie88 Premiere: Teen Ravine Share Talking Heads-Inspired ‘Friend of a Friend’ Video

'We drew inspiration from some older music videos that we love'

Teen Ravine’s latest single, “Friend of a Friend,” and the arrival of the self-titled full-length album (August 31) follows the release of a pair of singles last year. The duo began working together from their apartment studios in Toronto in the spring of 2016.

They started exploring themes of emotional alienation and fear of intimacy after Nick had parted ways with his long-term girlfriend and Dan was confined to a room for nearly a year after suffering a concussion. They crafted their debut full-length, a literal collection of bedroom recordings inspired by west-coast pop/R&B of the late 70s and early 80s, as a result of these situations. Today, Indie88 is premiering Teen Ravine’s video for “Friend of a Friend.”

“The video for ‘Friend of a Friend’ was directed by John Smith (Young Rival, Allie X),” the band told Indie88. “We shot against a green screen on a scorching hot day in downtown Hamilton at QED Studios using a pair of old Canon XL1’s onto DV tape. The idea was to capture as much material as possible to give John more opportunity to experiment visually in post-production.”

Check out Teen Ravine’s “Friend of a Friend” below.

“We drew inspiration from some older music videos that we love, such as Talking Heads’ ‘Once in Liftetime,’ Paul Simon’s ‘You Can Call Me Al,’ and Neneh Cherries’ ‘Buffalo Stance.’ There’s a simplicity and easy charm to those videos that we wanted to replicate. The song is about looking for love…frayed wires and loose connections…getting older and trying to stay open and present…the thin line between vulnerability and desperation. We wanted the video to explore these ideas and to do so with levity.”