Here is the new video from the Sugar EP, enjoy! See you on tour!
Director: James Herrholz
Cinematographer: David “Kubrick” Coone
Special Thanks to Duff Cobra & The Hail Dale.
If the Strokes finally gave into their mothers’ wishes and all took showers, they’d probably towel off and start writing songs that sound like the Wallies. The band of Floridian rockers/rollers is led by Croatian expatriate Neven Skoro; a fact made notable by hints of an Eastern European accent that add a subtle flourish to his vocal parts. In a romantic comedy, this is the song that starts playing right before people start taking their clothes off. – Popstache
Who would suspect that America’s best hope in fending off the vibrant young hordes of Arctic Monkeys, Fratellis, Subways, and Bloc Partys from overseas would spring not from, say, Brooklyn, but instead from Sarasota, Florida? A hopeful nation should be turning their eyes to that city’s very own The Wallies, an indie rock band with the fire, visceral appeal, and goddam great songs to stand up against any frenetic guitar chargers. Singer Neven Skoro(who, okay, originally hails from Croatia) has a casual delivery that compliments the urgency of the band, in contrast to so many singers who struggle to keep pace with the charging, post-punk smash being laid down around them. If The Strokes all took uppers and Julian Casablancas stayed down on Quaalude level, you’d have something like The Wallies.
What’s the story behind the band’s name?
While growing up in Croatia in the 90s, Neven used to watch a lot of British Sitcoms on television. Only Fools and Horses was one of those TV shows that him and his brother would watch all the time. So between video games, bottomless soda, and euro- snacks, Neven would watch Only Fools and Horses. And on one of the episodes Del Boy kept on calling his brother’s band a bunch of wallies, and the name just sort of stuck. Years later when re-watching an episode of the show, we found it fitting to call our band The Wallies.
How was it to work with Ben Homola?
It was great. Ben and Neven have been friends for years and they’ve always worked well together. Ben’s got a great ear for all types of music and over the past few months he’s played a big role in helping us develop our sound for the upcoming record.
So talk to us more about your newest music video for What I Like About You is You’re Rock Bottom. How was it filming it and all that?
The idea of the music video was to simply introduce the band to the world without any specific plot or tricks. The filming of the music video was definitely a process. Probably the biggest difficulty in filming it was trying to look good through the entire three minutes of the video. Not everyone looks good in long sleeved clothing, sweating out in the sun. Although the song does not appear on our first EP, Cream, it was actually the first song we learned together as a band. It felt great to finally get that song out there and showcase it as our first release.
It was great working with Rodney Woosley on the video. We all think he did a great job, and he was really able to capture the feeling of how our band really is when we are around each other. It helped that Neven and Rodney were such close friends, because we were all able to quickly gather a sense of comfort with having a camera shoved in our faces.
The music video will air on Fuse On Demand this August, and you can also watch it on YouTube.
What are your music influences?
We all listen to different types of music, but we all share some common interests. Mainly 60s and 70s greats such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Doors and garage rock revivals such as The Strokes, The White Stripes and Arctic Monkeys.
Are there any plans for the near future we should be aware of?
Yes, our debut album titled ‘Cream’ just came out and we are already working hard on the follow up which will be released later this year. We’re big into film and visual arts as well so you can expect a lot of DIY music videos to be released in the near future.
What has been the funniest moment you guys have been or took part while touring?
Remember that time that Neven broke the caster off of Myles’s cab by rolling it across the cobblestones, and Myles had to play with his cab sideways ever since? Yeah, that wasn’t funny it sucked.
Oh shit, or the time Drew was playing, and on the last hit of the last song of our set, he fell over backwards and disappeared.
Or, the time at our CD Release show, where Neven threw a CD like a damn Frisbee and beamed a dude and a girl in the forehead with a CD. What a great way to get someone to listen to your album.
Do you guys feel you are moving on the right direction?
As a new band, we are definitely starting to develop our sound, so in terms of the band moving in the right direction for the music, absolutely. In the beginning of the band, we were just anxious to get together and play. Now, we are mostly focused on, “ok, how do we want to sound?” and we are allowing our sound to develop through the process of song writing, rehearsals, and live shows.
Playing live has been a great experience for us by allowing us to get some feedback from the crowd. I mean, we think we’re writing a hit song every time, and in reality, that’s not always the case.
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