chamberlin - a pleasant conversation over drinks

from the crunchy mountains of Vermont, Chamberlin are just now regaining their footing after a turbulant 2011, awash with bad blood in the band, personnel changes, and tour exhaustion. their self-released EP, Look What I’ve Become, reflects on those moments of shame, regret, and trying to mend relationships between a band.

filmmaker and director Megan McDonough aimed to capture the tenor of the band while she spent a week with the band earlier this year, filming a video series titled Above the Valleys. check out the first two installments, Theif (pt. I) and Maryland (pt. II), both from the Look What I’ve Become EP.

McDonough says the goal’s “to have the chance to see a tangible space attached to a band’s creativity goes a long way toward understanding all the thought and emotion that went into its album.” McDonough, who spent a week with the band continues, “all the footage we captured that weekend documents a very specific time and a very specific place, and all of the videos produced reflect exactly who Chamberlin is right now, at this very moment, after over a year of dealing with intense situations.”

enjoy the video, the final installment of the series. how much bittersweet irony you’d like to add to the mix is entirely up to you.

~ jeremy larson

chamberlin - thief

this is the first video from the group’s new Above The Valleys series and was shot during a party in a log cabin in Chamberlin’s home state. In this portion, the band debates the spelling of EP track Thief (‘I’ before ‘e’) before launching into a performance of it. the sound is rooted in spacious Americana, but its grungy, percussive undercurrent sucks the light out of it and pushes it toward sludgy rock.

this particular cabin in Vermont is where Chamberlin writes and rehearses all of its music, and according to Megan McDonough, part of the filming and directing crew, getting access to that space made the shoot much more reflective of who the band is.

"so much of the time we try and figure out what was going on in the heads of people who have inspired us and don’t get anywhere,” she says. “so to actually have the chance to see a tangible space attached to a band’s creativity goes a long way toward understanding all the thought and emotion that went into that album.”

~ christine werthman

…click here for part two from the Above the Valleys series