When the members of indie rockers Beachwood Sparks set out to make a video for “Forget the Song” — the gentle opening track off latest full-length, The Tarnished Gold, they wanted to make “something real and natural that reflected our friendship with each other,” says bassist Brent Rademaker. Before long, they decided the perfect setting would be the Huichica Music Festival, which took place last month in California’s wine country, a few hours’ ride from the band’s native Los Angeles. And it happened to be the band’s first show since they recorded Gold, where they found themselves surrounded by friends as well as fans that traveled from as far away as Japan.
As you’ll see, it’s that ride to wine country that reflects what Rademaker’s talking about, as they zoom past expansive fields, picture-perfect flowers and even an owl before they begin jamming with each other and playing to the audience. Even though the band took nearly 10 years off from the hustle-and-bustle of touring life, the camaraderie in the video all reflects the song’s go-with-the-flow message, which seems custom-made for summer.
The Tarnished Gold is out now on Sub Pop.