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LAist Interview: mewithoutYou

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The internet is, of course, the greatest invention since manned flight. To wit: a few months ago, the prettiest girl that ever was (who I met, incidentally, thanks to the internet) sent me a Youtube link to a video that she thought was cool. I watched it and agreed. In fact, I not only thought it was cool, I thought it was kind of perfect. Sure, it was decidedly low-tech, but it succeeded brilliantly at being low-tech. I sent the link out to a group of friends whose opinion I trusted and valued and -- sure enough -- the consensus was that the song and video were fucking great. That song was "The Fox, The Crow and the Cookie" by mewithoutYou.

Fast-forward to a few weeks ago. Sadly, the prettiest girl that ever was -- tha' damned Aerish gehl -- went and got herself lost in someone else's drink, but I was still really digging mewithoutYou. On a lark, I sent the band an email letting them know what a fan I was of the video and inquiring if they'd be interested in doing an interview. They agreed, and that interview is published below (again, thanks to the internet). Thanks to band members Aaron and Mike Weiss for their time and many thanks to Josh Bender for coordinating everything. That video I mentioned is embedded after the jump. What do you think?


LAist: I can't remember the last time I saw a video that was such a perfect marriage of concept and execution, of story and song. How did the song come about? Was it just a sudden, inspired thing or was it derived from something else? And what was the process of conceiving and ultimately shooting the video?

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Aaron: Musically the song was put together by the whole band. The story is an old fable, and my mom used to read to me a version told by M.R. Bawa Muhaiayaddeen (Ral.), same title and moral, just a few variations in our song. For the video we called on old time, creative-in-every-way friend Amy Carrigan - she knew David Bell, who'd had a bit more experience directing, so they took it on together.