Americana Highways brings you this premiere of the Shootouts’ “Cleaning House” from their upcoming release Quick Draw, due to be released on May 10th on MegaForce Records/MRI Entertainment. The album was produced by Luca Benedetti and Jim Campilongo (The Little Willies), and recorded in six days at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, New York. The band is Ryan Humbert (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Brian Poston (electric & acoustic guitar), Ryan McDermott (bass), Dylan Gomez (drums, percussion) and Emily Bates (harmony vocals).
The video was directed by Ryan Humbert and Todd Volkmer, and edited and shot by Todd Volkmer for Wasted Talent Media. “Cleaning House” shows video footage of a house getting cleaned out, and a woman cleaning the man out of her life, juxtaposed with the band playing on the front porch, and the metaphorical implications are evident in the tongue-in-cheek lyrics. With steel guitar country-style bends, the music rolls along in waves as the couple in the video act out a dramatic breakup scene. Quick Draw exhibits adept and clean production style old country music with high energy lyrical enthusiasm.
The video for “Cleaning House” was a blast to make. We shot the whole thing on a cold Sunday morning. While the song certainly has quite a bit of playfulness to it, it’s sticky business when it comes to a break up. We wanted to show a lighthearted version of that process, while the band observes quietly in the background. Everyone has sad break up stories – but some people have funny ones too. Who doesn’t love playing with fire!? – Ryan Humbert, lead singer for The Shootouts