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Electric Youth: Behind Wild Cub’s ‘Thunder Clatter’ Video Shoot

Nashville band invites our cameras back to high school

Wild Cub, "Thunder Clatter", Video shoot, Behind the Scenes

Allister Ann

Nashville rockers Wild Cub recently invited Rolling Stone to tag along as they shot their new video for "Thunder Clatter" with director Drew Bourdet in their hometown. "It’s a challenge to make a video that can serve as both a tasteful introduction to the band and a distillation of a lot of the themes on youth," frontman Keegan DeWitt tells RS. "Drew really struck a delicate balance, showing some of the intimate and smaller moments that we hint at throughout the record, but never hitting you over the head. He lays out a long slate of moments, all with a palpable undercurrent and intangible vibration." Here's more commentary from DeWitt on the shoot:

"The director found a high school in the suburbs of Nashville which we all invaded at 7 a.m. to try and steal as much footage as possible as kids ran around and tried to steal looks as to what was happening. For our second setup, we took over the cafeteria. This photo is us trying to grab a picture while a large group of lunch ladies looked at us and whispered in each other's ears."

Wild Cub "Thunder Clatter" video, Behind the Scenes

Allister Ann

Bass Solo

"Harry messes around to pass the time," DeWitt says. "These video shoots end up being 90 percent sitting around with a couple quick moments of shooting. Boredom sets in quickly."

Wild Cub "Thunder Clatter" video, Behind the Scenes

Allister Ann

Sharp Shooter

"The director, Drew Bardot, grabs an intimate Polaroid on set," DeWitt explains. "We had worked with Drew in the past and felt at home having him at the helm of everything. He speaks our language visually and did a great job balancing all the different elements on his plate. It's not easy to shoot an entire video in one-to-two days with such a small crew and so many people involved."

Wild Cub "Thunder Clatter" video, Behind the Scenes

Allister Ann

Prying Eyes

"Director of Photography Dustin Lane gets in close for some detailed shots in the cafeteria. At the top of the frame you can see a small window. Between every take, it would flood with curious teenagers. Before we'd roll, the director had have a hall monitor clear every one out and hold them back," DeWitt says.

Wild Cub "Thunder Clatter" video, Behind the Scenes

Allister Ann

Moving Crew

"Harry, Keegan and Jeremy try and wrap their brains around loading all of the equipment into the van for the first transfer to one of many different locations," DeWitt says. "If you think shooting videos is all sitting around eating fruit trays with your feet up, you're wrong."

Wild Cub "Thunder Clatter" video, Behind the Scenes

Allister Ann

Packing Puzzle

"Dabney has the exotic and critical skill of van-Tetris-mind," DeWitt says. "He can load just about anything into the back of a sprinter van with the utmost precision."

Wild Cub "Thunder Clatter" video, Behind the Scenes

Allister Ann

Friday Night Lights

"For our second location, Drew had found a school track that we took over for a cold afternoon," DeWitt says. "We had production assistants wrangling a very confused football team to keep them out of our shots and we quickly tried to make our way through as many takes as possible. Here, DP Dustin gets some up close footage of Dabney's drum chops."

Wild Cub "Thunder Clatter" video, Behind the Scenes

Allister Ann

Freaks and Geeks

"Like we said, so much of being in a band is waiting around," DeWitt explains. "Eric and Jeremy watch as the crew quickly tries to switch setups before the football team takes over the field."

Wild Cub "Thunder Clatter" video, Behind the Scenes

Allister Ann

Long Shot

"For our fourth and final location, we made our way to a parking garage tucked away in downtown Nashville. Here, Dabney snaps a photo as the crew sets up lights, gets a smoke machine going and the band tries to stay warm with some coffees nearby," DeWitt says.

Wild Cub "Thunder Clatter" video, Behind the Scenes

Allister Ann

Closing Time

"As always, these shoots are a bit on the run. Here we sneak a couple full-band performance takes before the cops try and bust us for making too much noise. Here, I sing the final chorus on the final take of the day," DeWitt tells us.

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