Youngblood came about in a way that rarely happens for musicians… the song basically wrote itself, and that can be the most exciting and terrifying thing at the same time.
We were waiting for Ryan Worsley (our producer) to finish setting up some gear so we could record “Lucky Fish”, and we decided to jam around a bit in the live room. Conan spontaneously whipped out an old chord progression he and I had briefly played one-night months ago. We went in a circle and played the first thing that our fingers landed on, and it stuck… we were laughing hysterically by the end of it because we couldn’t figure out whether it was dumb luck or whether we were idiots for thinking how great it sounded.
When we talked about what had happened later and whether we should make it a last minute addition to Neon Jungle, I was totally against the idea of having a rock-pop song that we wrote in 5 minutes, but Conan insisted. Sure enough, it became the single… classic.
But that’s what makes this song so magical and special to us. We always talk about it representing a transitional period for us, our send off from our younger rock roots.
The idea for the music video followed in the same fashion. We were relaxing over some drinks before a gig in Vancouver and we decided to have a brainstorm about what it should look like. I think because the song felt light hearted we wanted to make something that would make people smile, and be a tad humorous.
So, in the same way that the song was written, one of the boys suggested us performing in an old-folks home and to have them overtake our instruments and the rest was history.
Working with everyone on set was the funniest thing we’ve experienced. It was a 16-hour day, and even we had trouble keeping up with everyone. We had everyone from ages 15 - 90 on our set, and we even had our mothers put on make-up to make them look older. I don’t think we could have imagined a better cast to bring our ridiculous ideas to life. The funny part was we hadn’t even chosen who the replacements for the band in the video were going to be at the start of the day. Looking at the “behind the scenes”, you can see how the lead characters slowly emerged out of the crowd in each scene, they were destined to smack us around.
Now this image is one of my favourites… take a look at the ladies sitting on the couch playing cards in the video; they sat down and started playing cards before we even started filming and stayed there throughout the whole thing. If you’ve never heard of method acting, that is method acting for you. I don’t think it made a difference to them whether we were there or not, they were having a good time and it didn’t matter who it was with.
We had makeup, tons of equipment, and tons of people packed into one small room, and it was the perfect balance of goofing off and getting things done; which is exactly what Youngblood needed.
We hope that when you see us perform, these are the faces you imagine when you hear the song.
of Little India