Vocalist Brian Vollmer of Canadian hard rock veterans HELIX has issued the following update:
"Yesterday we filmed most of [the new HELIX video] 'Make 'Em Dance' at an undisclosed location in Woodstock, Ontario. We also filmed segments of [the HELIX video for the song] 'Monday Morning Metdown' — the 'storyline' portions. In a couple of hours I'll be back there with the rest of the gang to film the remainder of 'Monday Morning Meltdown'. 'Make 'Em Dance' will then be edited by the audio/visual people from Conestoga College and Brent [Doerner, HELIX guitarist] will edit 'Monday Morning Meltdown'. Brent is also putting together a clip called 'The Making Of Make 'Em Dance & Monday Morning Meltdown'. It's a behind-the-scenes look at a low-budget video production. Could be interesting...
"When [HELIX's new album] 'Vagabond Bones' first came out [in November 2009], Brent put together a video for the title track, which to date has gotten over 5,000 hits on YouTube.
"YouTube is the way to go nowadays for a variety of reasons. First off, it's near to impossible for bands like HELIX to have new videos added to MuchMusic because it's doesn't fit their format. It's also very costly to make a 'made-for-TV' video. This requires money we don't have for something that might never see the light of day on Much. So why go there?
"Launching videos on YouTube allows us an excuse to touch bases with fans and friends by sending them the link to the new video. In the case of HELIX, I always laugh at the thought that a lot of people will be checking out the videos to see how we've all aged (or not). Kinda like going back to your high school reunion without leaving home.
"We look/sound fine, thank you.
"When I sent out the links to the Christmas videos, I got a lot of emails from people who had watched them. We also saw increased sales of the Christmas CD as a direct result.
"In the case of the newest videos, the obvious objective is to spread the word about our new CD, 'Vagabond Bones'. The biggest help you can give the band as a fan is simply to pass the video link on to as many contacts as you have to help spread the word.
"We believe 'Vagabond Bones' is a great HELIX CD which deserves as much exposure as we can possibly give it. This is only one of the ways we are trying to get it 'out there.'"
Check out photos from the video shoot at this location.
HELIX is aiming to release release either "Monday Morning Meltdown" or "Make 'Em Dance" to Canadian radio by DMDS (Digital Media Distribution System) at the end of January.
"Vagabond Bones" was released in Canada via Universal/Fontana and in the U.S. through Perris Records. Vollmer collaborated with Sean Kelly (CRASH KELLY) on material for the CD, which was mixed by engineer Aaron Murray.
"Vagabond Bones" track listing:
01. The Animal Inside (Won't Be Denied)
02. Go Hard or Go Home
03. Vagabond Bones
04. Monday Morning Meltdown
05. When The Bitter's Got The Better Of You
06. Hung Over But Still Hanging In
07. Best Mistake I Never Made
08. Make 'Em Dance
09. Jack It Up
HELIX has been active in the past several years with several releases.
The band's previous collection of original material, "The Power of Rock and Roll", came out in 2007.