“Weird Science meets Rome and Juliet,” Westfield indie-rock band, Static
Jacks, call their new music video for the single, “Wallflower.”
The video for “Wallflower” was filmed almost exclusively in Westfield and features the band members’ homes, the Rialto, Echo Lake Park, South Avenue 7/11 and Kehler Stadium.
“Our town is beautiful and classic looking but you don’t really realize it until you look around and actually scout out locations,” drummer Nick Brennan said. “It just made sense to film here to give it that authentic vibe.”
The video features the guys creating a girl robot, who falls for another guy, leading the boys to jealously as the girl they created for themselves tries to leave them.
The riff on “Weird Science” was Brennan’s idea, but he thinks it was Henry Kaye who came up with the Romeo and Juliet aspect of the video.
Zak Stoltz sent the group his vision for the video and the Static Jacks immediately signed on with him to complete the project.
Fuse TV also visited Westfield to go behind the scene of the band’s video and their ties to the Garden State. Parts of the Static Jacks’ video will also be featured on Fuse on Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.
The band consists of Westfield High School graduates, Nick Brennan, Henry Kaye and Ian Devaney, with the later addition of Roselle native, Michael Sue-Poi. Brennan, Kaye and Devaney originally formed the band as part of a high school project, but took it to the next level when Sue-Poi joined.
“We found him (Sue-Poi) on a
mystical quest to complete our group of musical merry men,” Brennan said.
The band’s first album, “If You’re Young & Spray Tan,” was not received well, according to Brennan, because the band was still trying to find their identity. However, the experience recording it with Andrew Murray in Westfield at a studio owned by one of the Smashing Pumpkins was an “overwhelming and incredible” experience, Brennan said.
Static Jacks are signed to Old Friends Records, a sister label to Fearless Records.
“Wallflower” is the single off of the Static Jacks sophomore album, “In Blue,” which will be released on Sept. 30. “In Blue” was recorded with Andrew Murray in Red Bank at “Retromedia Sound Studios”
On Sept. 24, the band will host an album release party at Webster Hall Studio in New York City. Followed by upcoming tour dates across the United States. For a look inside ‘Static Jacks’ on tour, view the tour video, here (editor’s note: vulgar language may be heard).
“Music fads come and go, but there is always-solid rock bands… Zeppelin, The Clash, Smashing Pumpkins, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys… all they had were guitars and drums and melodies,” Brennan said. “We would like to be thought of in the same arena. We’d also like to literally play in the same arena.”