Weatherkings' Rafe Spencer, left, on bass and Mike Rodriguez.Picture by Peter Boam.
WHEN Isle of Wight band Weatherkings wanted to make a video for their new track they decided to ask a few friends for help — in fact they asked 40.
The band drafted in dozens of Islanders to feature in the video for Armpit, a track that lasts less than a minute.
The video was made by drummer Doug Alldred and photographer Lucy Boynton and the song is featured on the band’s album One, which will be available to download from today (Friday) via weatherkings.bandcamp.com
Record-buyers can choose to download it for free or pay an amount of their choice.
Weatherkings have long been favourites on the Island's music scene, appearing regularly at the Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival as well as Rhythmtree Festival, Postfest and V-Dub Island.
Doug said: "We’ve been wanting to get something recorded for a long time, but being such a live-based act it has been difficult to find a recording situation where we felt what we ended up with would sound like us.
"This album started out as an experiment really, but the guys at Studio 5A in Northwood did a fantastic job and we recorded the whole thing live in one afternoon.
"The video idea grew out of a couple of very silly conversations I had with Lucy and Mhairi Macaulay of the Ventnor Fringe team. We were going to shoot it in one afternoon but it kind of spiralled out of control and took days to complete in the end.
"Everyone really got into the spirit, although the policeman we asked didn’t seem to think it would be such a good idea to take part."
The album is due to be released on CD shortly, and the Armpit video can be viewed at www.youtube.com/weatherkingsofficial
Weatherkings will also be performing on March 8 at The Loft, Newport.