A Senseless Story, and a low budget video that took 12 months to make... (video below)
Senseless was a song written at 2 in the morning a great number of years ago. The bass line which underpinned the mood of the song was what came to me in those early hours waking me up from a deep slumber. I picked up the bass and there it was. Some of the lyrics i had already penned, my writing style has always been a combination of putting already scrawled lyrical or poetic ideas to riffs or experimental accidents whilst exploring a guitar, keyboard or bass. In no time the lyrics were completed and the song was born.
The song was worked on and gigged with my band at the time 'Electric Sunroof'. And whilst i've played it with many different line ups and indeed it has been covered by a few friends of mine's bands, the simple riff that underpins the tone of the track is key to it's appeal, to me at least, whether played on whichever instrument but particularly the bass.
We (as Electric Sunroof) did record a version of the song on their as yet unfinished album 'An Island', which had a whole host of great tracks on it, though i was never quite satisfied with that particular version as it dragged a little bit too much for me, however i did go on to record another version with another line up most of whom feature on this particular version for the video.
A filmmaker and friend of mine Paul Higginson suggested we make a video for the song and so initially Paul filmed me playing the track solo, just me and guitar, in a friend of mines chapel in Deiniolen. The quality came out well but we both instantly wanted to do more with it. We set about filming one or two shots in the nearby Llanberis quarries and i suggested that i try and record another version with my current musical line up, then called Berooz with Dominik Grzeskowiak on keyboards and Adam Crowe on the drums.
The band were keen but on the verge of disbanding as Adam was due to be moving away in the near future. I spoke to long time very good friend of mine Sion Gwenallt who had a really nice home recording studio in his conservatory and we headed on in and recorded a session.
As well as the senseless track we also recorded a mini album at the time, as yet incomplete but i have plans to do so in the very near future, but when we listened to the Senseless track we decided we liked the take as it was and attempted to layer the other instruments on top. Not normal practice for a recording session but sometimes you have a really nice take and don't want to detract from it and that was our decision. It took a few goes obviously but both Adam and Dom were very familiar with the track and my style of playing and cracked off good takes in no time at all.
Shortly after i called up another good friend Vini, and exceptional lead guitarist who used to play bass for us in Electric Sunroof, to come along and record the bass and backing vocals for this particular recording.
In no time we had the various takes down and with a bit of post production work i'd fixed any timing glitches and we had something we could work with for the rest of the video.
Important to note at this stage that i'd originally recorded the first take with Paul back in the Autumn and some of the snowy landscape footage, by this time (and the finishing of recording process) it was now June!
I'd met Despina (Goula) some time previously just shortly after she'd graduated from her contemporary dance degree at Cardiff University, we'd already chatted about working on a project together and this seemed liked an ideal one to get stuck into. Despina liked the track and had numerous ideas but waiting for a suitable day to catch the right weather in North Wales, and when everyone is available can be challenging and certainly test patience.
Sometimes you just have to pick a date and go with it. Eventually this is what we did and the results were amazing. We caught a beautiful day and the golden sands i'd wanted and with Despina's interpretation we came up with some excellent material for the video edit. We did spend a bit more time getting other takes on other days that weren't quite as favourable but all that was left after that was to get the band back together to get some shots of us playing.
The photo here was of the day in October that we finally managed to get us all back together and on a clear enough day to get the takes we wanted. Unfortunately Vini had not been available, but we had great fun trying to mime along and play to a small battery (under)powered stereo perched behind the drum kit and still managed to get some great shots.
It had taken a whole year from first take recording to completing the video, but it had been worth it. We were all very happy with the result and i still think it's a great piece and a great song. I hope more people can get to see and hear it in the future.
And you can start by watching the video yourself here below.
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Filmed & Produced by Resolution Video, performed with Dominik Grzeskowiak on keys, Adam Crowe on drums, & Vini on Bass and backing vocals. The video features Despina Goula (Dancer), with music recorded & engineered by Sion Gwenallt.
I sensed it was senseless
I sensed it's insane
despite my sixth senses I trusted again
I sensed it was over
I sensed it's a shame
I sensed it was saddening me again
And i wish it wasn't so sad to be alone
But it's hard to say when it's all you've known
And this is it
My final demand
And i apologise it's not what I'd planned
I pictured a sunset
And golden sand
With you there beside me holding my hand
And i wish it wasn't so sad to be alone
But it hard to say when it's all you've known
And i wish it wasn't so true after all we've done
But it's hard to stay and so easy to run
[alt ext version]
And this is it, is it finally done
And i apologise for thinking you were the one
My one and only, my true love indeed
I only wanted you to hold me and never leave
And never leave.