This interview was shot on Friday March 5, 2010 at Paparazzi Pizza before Port O’Brien’s show at The Parish in downtown Austin. They’re on a United States tour, opening up for Portugal. The Man (also a ridiculously awesome band). I got a few quick minutes with Van Pierszalowski, front man and original creator of the band Port O’brien, which was formed in 2005 with Cambria Goodwin.
There was only about 45 minutes to spare before Van was supposed to get on stage so we rushed to find a quiet spot on 6th street where we could set up the shot. I nomed on some cheesy pizza and we talked about Van’s sea legs, this current tour with Portugal. The Man and the new album Threadbare that was released in September 2009.
Though it didn’t make it in to the video, I asked Van about their music videos, in particularly the video made for “I Woke Up Today”, the single off of All We Could Do Was Sing, released in 2007, which looked like a lot of fun to make.
“That one was not fun at all actually,” Van replied, “we did a really great job of faking it, but we shot that video in one day in this dirty porn studio in LA because it was the cheapest studio we could find. We were there at like 2 in the morning, totally pissed off that we had to be there and they were throwing buckets of water on us, right before we had to drive home, like 4 hours away.”
Another video that looked like a lot of fun to make and actually was, was a video by Le Blogotheque, shot in New York City in 2008. I’m a huge fan of the site, created by director Vincent Moon, and was really excited to be able to talk to an artist that had done a Take Away Show.
“They had this idea to do it in a karaoke bar, which was awesome. At first the guy who owned the bar in China Town was not gonna have it, totally not interested in us being there at all, but Cambria went in there and convinced the guy that we could do it if we all bought at least two drinks. So he made money, we got our video, and that was good.”
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Van was a great interviewee, it was a lot of fun to shoot, and the show was an awesome time. Listen to Port O’Brien! Here’s their website: