Photo Diary: BTS of The Pinheads' latest film clip with Director/Drummer James Kates

Photo Diary: BTS of The Pinheads' latest film clip with Director/Drummer James Kates

They've just announced a huge Aussie tour kicking off in February 2019.

All BTS Photos by Jake Ollett.

After a few bandmembers took a much needed break in recent times, The Pinheads have returned with a ripping new single to round out 2018 - Not Like You. A timely discussion on our increasingly "connected" world that seems to only be leading to more isolation and anxiety, the scuzzy 3-minute jam also comes with a rad video clip directed by the group's drummer, James Kates.

Ahead of a big run of shows around the country early next year, we copped a few photos from Jake Ollett and hit up Keats to find out a little more about his aspirations as a filmmaker. Check it out along with the full run of dates, below:

You make all The Pinheads clips, what got you started in film/directing music videos?

Most of them by default and generally very last minute. Ha. I started shooting bodyboarding vids in my teens and that naturally evolved into music videos also when I started making tunes.

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Where did the inspo for this latest clip come from?

No direct inspo really. I recently purchased a decent projector for a hot price off Gumtree. I’d been curious on experimenting with projections for a while now. It’s bit of an old hat technique and I thought I could breath some new life into it. It was a curious scene, a group of Pins lugging all this shit around to some iconic spots around home and projected ourselves onto them. Ha!

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What are some of your favourite music video clips?

November Rain ha. Nah, I guess people who can nail a vision on no budget and make it compliment the song is always inspiring. I can’t really think of too many recent stand outs. Kirin J’s Big Enough springs to mind but that’s pretty ridiculous. At the moment I’m a sucker for earnest Aussie classics like Chisel's - Forever Now or Paul Kelly’s - Before Too Long.

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Is being in the band helpful or a hinderance when it comes to make a video clip?

Both - I guess understanding the direction of the band is helpful and it’s easy for everyone express their 2 cents without it being too weird but it can also lead to some sour thoughts when there’s too many chefs.

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Let's say budget is no issue, what's your dream video clip?

Hypotheticals eh. It fully depends on the song hey. Something involving space/time travel or a multi sensory experience like smell-e-vision. Surely that exists by now?

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Fri 1 Feb - The Zoo, Brisbane

Sat 2 Feb - The Northern, Byron Bay

Sun 3 Feb - Miami Shark Bar, Gold Coast

Fri 8 Feb - Cambridge Warehouse, Newcastle

Sat 9 Feb - Landsdowne Hotel, Sydney

Thu 14 Feb - Karova Lounge, Ballarat

Fri 15 Feb - The Tote, Melbourne

Sat 16 Feb - The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart

Thu 21 Feb - Crown & Anchor, Adelaide

Fri 22 Feb - Prince Of Wales, Bunbury

Sat 23 Feb - Mojos Bar, Fremantle

Sun 24 Feb - Four5Nine, Perth

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