Brombones:”‘The Sun Never Shines On The Poor” Hit Hard and True!
Brombones’ re-imagining of Richard and Linda Thompson’s song ‘The Sun Never Shines on the Poor’ began in the summer of 2011 when Elias Crabtree played it on acoustic guitar for his brother Jeremy Crabtree at Jeremy’s apartment in Hollywood, CA. They immediately formed a relationship with its subtle rhythmic quality’s and underdog lyrics and wanted to energize […]
Brombones’ re-imagining of Richard and Linda Thompson’s song ‘The Sun Never Shines on the Poor’ began in the summer of 2011 when Elias Crabtree played it on acoustic guitar for his brother Jeremy Crabtree at Jeremy’s apartment in Hollywood, CA. They immediately formed a relationship with its subtle rhythmic quality’s and underdog lyrics and wanted to energize it for their current Hollywood environment of dichotomy and spectacle.
Brombones explain the story-line of ‘The Sun Never Shines on the Poor’: “The video tells the tale of two opposite personalities who find redemption through a violently harrowing, yet profoundly eye-opening experience of uncontrolled lust and manipulative control. It suggests music as a major healer and unifier by breaking down barriers. In 2013 this song is as vibrant as ever and Mr. Thompson delivers the necessary perspective to shine light on our possibly lost generation.”
The original version of “The Sun Never Shines On The Poor” was written and performed by British folk rockers Richard and Linda Thompson, in 1975 and first appeared on their album “Hokey Pokey”. Folk-rocker and member of Fairport Convention, Trevor Lucas also slipped in a version, which can be heard on his “Live At The Toubador” album. However both these versions affronted the rather serious theme of the song in a rather ‘docile’ manner, musically, relying more on the lyrics to bring home the point at hand, as was often the case back then.
Brombones take a completely different approach on their version of “The Sun Never Shines on the Poor”, as their arrangement reflects, and is definitely more adapted to the present socio-economic conditions engulfing our planet. Brombones primarily speak through the aggressive grinding nature of the music and their snarling vocal tones. Guitars, riff, rant and scream, the Bass, stomps, rumbles and drives, while the drums produce a smart, well driven rhythm which holds it all together at the roots, allowing the vocals to navigate, meander and penetrate your mind irreversibly. The song is complex, layered and atmospheric, yet remains catchy and accessible to the average ear.
Video director, Alexx Thompson presumably had a tough task at hand, attempting to translate this complex little work of art into pictures without slipping into cliched-ridden territory. But at the end of the day he comes out with flying colors, adding yet another dimension to the music. Brilliant photography capture the intense facial close-ups and strikingly penetrating eyes of the performers. Providing added credibility to the lyrics being sung. Thompson also throws in a creative storyboard with exotic undertones; think gypsy, colorful punk and then mix in some circus and a bit of art school imagery…and you’re almost halfway there!
Another creative mind lending his technical skills to the Brombones’ video production, was video editor Christophe Bryant. Bryant has operated as an assistant editor in the fashion and music industry in Paris, France as well as interning at two post-houses in the film making district there. Besides editing multiple music videos, fashion promos and event coverage, Bryant has also worked as editor, camera operator, and director of a music show, dealing with up and coming bands out of Hollywood.
On the Brombone footage, Christophe Bryant shows he has the necessary technical skills and a sharp eye for what is going on with the video’s story-line, as he together with director Alexx Thompson seeded footage, reworked and enhanced scenes, assembling them together to create what was later refined into Thompson’s final cut of “The Sun Never Shines on the Poor” .
All-round “The Sun Never Shines on the Poor” by Brombones reeks of a totally new and explosive creation. From its original and honorable, but meeker ancestor, it has inherited the lyrics and chord structure, but that’s where all similarities end. Brombones are Jeremy Crabtree, Elias Crabtree, Andrew Anderson and Adam Farley.
VIDEO “The Sun Never Shines on the Poor”
Director/Camera: Alexx Thompson
Editor: Christophe Bryant
Set P.A Olga Vanessa Aristodemou
Still Photographer Amy Shen
Hair & Makeup: Johaina Gabriel/ Xotchilt Alcantar
P.A/grip: Andrew Anderson
Band: Jeremy & Eli Crabtree
Rich guy: Elias Crabtree
Poor guy: Jeremy Crabtree
Pimp: Mark Herod
Dancer: Johaina Gabriel
Baby 1: Vianna viola Crabtree
Baby 2: Madeleine Weidener
Reggie Crabtree – Dog
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