Surfer Blood Filming "Floating Vibes" Video in Palm Beach County

Surfer Blood's J.P. Pitts as a young Walter Cronkite
Surfer Blood's J.P. Pitts as a young Walter Cronkite
Photo by Ian Witlen

The guys in Surfer Blood have made the most of their time back in West Palm Beach. In addition to some karaoke (here's a clip of J.P. Pitts singing "Hooked on a Feeling"), deflecting baseless accusations regarding similarities to

Brian Eno that were perhaps summed up by this very publication, they are working locally on a music video for the song "Floating Vibes."

Not only is the filming happening in Palm Beach County but a team of Surfer Blood cohorts from the area is behind the lens. According to 23-year-old Garth Warner -- who has known the band's bassist, Brian Black, for more than a decade -- he and former Palm Beach State College classmate Ralph Blanco were originally approached to create a video with the guys almost a year ago, but scheduling issues (and Surfer Blood blowing up) made it difficult to get together until now. After a 13-hour day of filming at a friend's house on Sunday, the guys are back at it today using the

facilities at Palm Beach State College. Dedicated shooter Ian Witlen has posted some behind-the-scenes photos (more below).

Is that an inflatable tiger over Brian Black's shoulder?
Is that an inflatable tiger over Brian Black's shoulder?
Photo by Ian Witlen

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With production help from director of photography Lucas Marchesani (brother of Surfer Blood

percussionist Marcos Marchesani), assistant cameraman Andre Lopez, and first assistant cameraman Bobby Keegan, Warner and Blanco have been

storyboarding and coming up with ideas that are reminiscent of the

bygone VHS era featuring green-screen special effects. "Our generation

grew up with VHS tapes, and there will be a lot of plays on that,"

according to Warner. "This an homage to a lot of old production

techniques inspired by the area's public access stations and local

commercials but using high-res cameras. Any channel between 13 and 24

is all I watched for the past month."

Marcos Marchesani as either a weatherman or a teen pop idol.
Marcos Marchesani as either a weatherman or a teen pop idol.
Photo by Ian Witlen

Warner says he was the emaciated guy in a blue tank top running around

filming at Surfer

Blood's Oil.Spill.Benefit performance recently at Propaganda, and

some of that live footage could figure into the final product. This is

Warner and Blanco's first music video project, but Warner described a

few past projects for fun that included editing himself into the Home

Improvement intro and replacing the sinister, villainous painting

in Ghostbusters 2 with a friend's face. If all goes well, there

could be some more projects featuring a local act that has

previously been featured in this space.

Not sure if that's puff paint on the front of Thomas Fekete's sweatshirt, but we're sold.
Not sure if that's puff paint on the front of Thomas Fekete's sweatshirt, but we're sold.
Photo by Ian Witlen



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