German heavy rock/noise trio HARMFUL, whose current touring lineup includes FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould on guitar, has posted its video for the song "Elaine" on YouTube. The clip was directed by Espen Jorgensen who is currently working on a feature documentary called "The Sequential Art". Jorgensen has also worked on music videos for people like the Finnish singer and multi-instrumentalist Jimi Tenor.
Commented Gould: "I am a big fan of Espen Jorgensen; he is extremely focused in whatever he does, and I knew that it would be a productive collaboration from the start. But I had no idea as to the depths of his depravity until he brought out the mannequin."
Jorgensen stated: "Bill and I have known each other for quite some time, and we've actually tried to do stuff together, but it has never worked out, so I'm very happy that I was able to shoot the video for Bill and the HARMFUL guys. To me it was a creative break in the making of 'The Sequential Art', and since I like to do things the complicated way, I did two versions of the video. I feel in love with 'Elaine' (the song) — it's very diverse, and I think that reflects in the video. Most of the videos out there are so shallow, I wanted to do something different, and risk falling on my ass to get there, and I think I did OK — well, so I'm told."
A four-minute video interview with Billy Gould about his current stint as the touring guitarist for HARMFUL has been posted online at this location.
Gould last year finished producing HARMFUL's follow-up to their "Sis Masis" album (2005) at Blubox Studios in Troisdorf, Germany. Entitled "7", the CD was released in February.
Commented Billy: "Originally, I decided to produce the band because I liked the music. Once we began working together, I realized that we had a lot in common, musically speaking. I think I can actually make a positive contribution here. What excites me about the band is the fact that it is straight-up with no pretense, while managing at the same time to throw in some beautifully twisted chord progressions. I haven't done anything like this for almost 10 years, so this will be an adventure for me too, and isn't that what it's supposed to be about? Besides, this is a great band, and if my involvement helps them to expand beyond Germany, then it's totally worth the effort."
Check out audio samples from HARMFUL's new CD at the band's MySpace page.
Watch HARMFUL's video for the song "Elaine":