5 August 2014
Hit By An Apple Thrown By a Tree: Immigrant Unions Alison Tells Tale of Love Gone Wrong, Longing for Home
Immigrant Unions music is the classic story-telling style of songs that is reminiscent of Neil Young and Bob Dylan… a relaxed set of soulful, folk-infused country songs.(The AU Review)
(New York, NY) August 5, 2014, 2014
The MuseBox today announced the premiere of Alison, the second single and video from Immigrant Unions second full-length, Anyway. Alison, which was directed by Devin De Araujo and features actress Tain Stangret, is singer Bob Harrows bitter recounting of the end of a relationship. With a psychedelic folk sound that front man Brent DeBoer describes as Spiritualized being baptised in a river of Creedence Clearwater, Melbourne, Australias Immigrant Union hit the spotlight in 2011. The band recorded their self-titled full-length debut album with producer Gregg Williams (Sheryl Crow, The Dandy Warhols, Blitzen Trapper). All of Immigrant Unions music is available on iTunes. Popmatters exclusively premiered the video today. You can check it out here: http://www.popmatters.com/post/184399-immigrant-union-alison-video-premiere/
According to the music blog The Sound of Confusion, Immigrant Union consist of DeBoer from The Dandy Warhols, Harrow from The Lazy Sons, and four other well-known players on the Melbourne scene. Forged through a chance meeting between DeBoer and Harrow, their shared love of music led to a trip to the country and an all night jam, solidifying a friendship that would form the basis of Immigrant Union. Part psychedelic folk, part traditional country rock, Immigrant Union have been building their name through stellar live performances at some of the Australia’s most iconic venues and boutique festivals.
According to DeBoer, the video concept for Alison was Harrows: Bob wanted to do a visual representation of the song’s narrative and essentially directed it along with cameraman and editor Devin De Araujo. DeBoer describes the filming of the video as a cathartic experience for Bob, as the song was based on a very real life situation for him.
Despite the personal nature of the video, Harrow is beyond pleased with the finished product. In typical Harrow fashion, he explains why Alison was such a positive experience: I was pretty happy with how the video came out. I’ve never got to direct anything before, so that was rad. Devin made it look really beautiful. I think Tain Stangret did a killer job in the role of Alison. She nailed the whole ‘I’m over Bob and this relationship’ vibe. Tain is very good at her craft.
Alison was filmed in half a day at Melbournes iconic The Tote during an event called The Psychedelic Rock n Roll Surf Party Caftan Hoedown. The live footage seen in Alison is also noteworthy because it was filmed during one of the last gigs Immigrant Union played with singer and guitarist Courtney Barnett.