Be – “Superterranean Homesick Blues”
Americana Highways is hosting this video premiere of Be’s song “Superterranean Homesick Blues,” from their recently released album Here. The album was produced by David Hawkins, engineered by David Hawkins, Randy Morris, Morgan Fisher, Paul Von Mertens and Matthew Pittman. It was mixed by David Hawkins and Mike Hagler, and mastered by Mike Hagler.
“Superterranean Homesick Blues” is David Hawkins on guitar, vocals, accordion, melodica, banjo, glockenspiel, horn samples (tuba, euphonium and trombone), and percussion; Max Crawford on trumpet; Morgan Fisher on piano, synthesizers, bass and harmonica; Randy Morris on drums and percussion; Matthew Pittman on guitar; Regan Souders on bass; and
Paul Von Mertens on horn arrangement, saxophones, clarinet, flutes, and piccolo.
This “Superterranean Homesick Blues” video was conceived of, directed by, and edited with color FX by David Hawkins with assistant director and cinematographer Jill Amroze.
David Hawkins and Randy Morris (on drums) are starring in the video. Inspired by The Beach Boys, this song is cosmonauts, living on Mars, and cranked amps, with easy soaring vocals. Horns envelop the atmosphere and blanket the listener in layers and “Ba ba ba” harmonies. Classic.
I wrote this song in the early days of the pandemic. It was inspired by Pet Sounds and uses deep space as a metaphor for lockdown. I love how the song turned out, so when it was time to think about videos, this song came to mind first. We shot it near Joshua Tree in the California Desert in Wonder Valley. The views there are incredible there and it actually looks a little like Mars, so it was the perfect spot. We had such a blast making it. The raw footage was great on its own, but once I added the space footage and color effects, it really came together and turned out even better than I had expected. Kind of an intergalactic psychedelia thing. This whole album has been such an uplifting experience that it felt natural to have some fun with this one. – David Hawkins
Find the music here in Bandcamp: https://behq.bandcamp.com/album/here
Enjoy our previous coverage here: Bentley’s Bandstand: October 2023