Italian garage rockers A Classic Education have released a new video for album track ‘Forever Boy’ to coincide with their current American tour with Cloud Nothings and Ganglians. Details of the shows are on the band site, taking in a stint at SXSW in March and going right through to April.
The new video, or should we rather say movie, for ‘Forever Boy’ was shot in the Comacchio valleys, at the mouth of the River Po, one of Italy’s most extraordinary landscapes. Most of the video shows the dream of Giovanni Collina, a 70 year old Italian biker racer who use to compete in the 60’s for Moto Morini’s team. Mr Collina has stayed the same all these years. He’s there always riding his bike to this day.
Watch the ‘Wild Ones’-esque clip as directed and filmed by Opificio Ciclope below
‘Forever Boy’ is taken from A Classic Education’s debut album ‘Call It Blazing’, released by Lefse Records earlier this year. This blistering album full of sharp psych garage tunes was produced by Jarvis Taverniere (Woods, Vivian Girls, Real Estate, Widowspeak, Ganglians) in his Rear House studio in Brooklyn in 2011.
Watch this short documentary about A Classic Education by Less Tv, a young and talented videomaker and curated by La Belle Epop. It’s called ‘Blazing Roads’, giving a good idea of what it’s like being based in Bologna and what ‘Call It Blazing’ is all about: http://vimeo.com/36597253
Watch the stunning clip for last single ‘Baby, It’s Fine’ directed by Jamie Harley…
Download ‘Baby It’s Fine’: http://soundcloud.com/aclassiceducation/a-classic-education-baby-its-1
A Classic Education is fronted by Canadian-born Jonathan Clancy aka His Clancyness who released a mesmeric odd pop single ‘Carve A Peach’ via Splendour last year. Jonathan and his gang, namely Paul Pieretto (bass), Giulia Mazza (organ, vocals), Luca Mazzieri (guitar, vocals) and Federico Oppi (drums, percussion, supported Okkervil River on their European tour last Autumn.
‘Call It Blazing’ follows hot on the heels of a string of acclaimed EPs and singles that have sent A Classic Education around the world numerous times to play with like-minded bands Wolf Parade, Real Estate, Crystal Stilts, The Fresh & Onlys, British Sea Power and Arcade Fire and festivals such as Primavera Sound, SXSW, Indietracks and CMJ. All added up to provoke one critic to exclaim "they look like European punks from an early Pedro Almodovar film and sound like a mix of Galaxie 500, The Shins and a hint of 50s rock n roll. Good stuff."
While ‘Call It Blazing is ‘A Classic Education’s first proper LP, it is instantly recognizable as part of the great tradition of early rock and roll – an album full of stories, character and time.
The band wrote the record in their hometown of Bologna, Italy, soaking in the vintage photography of Danny Lyon, Diane Arbus, William Gedney and Mario Giacomelli – fever dreams of bikers, roads and dirt, the Chicago Outlaws, and the leather-clad city kids of long-gone yesterdays. The juxtaposition of these grainy images and Bologna’s medieval streets and red-tiled roofs created ‘Call It Blazing’; – a thoroughly modern take on forgotten-era pop music that marries dreamy guitars, shimmering sixties melodies, jangly post-punk and early stage rock’n’roll anthems, all with an unmistakable European pop sensibility. These are 12 songs that explore a sense of mischief, disenchantment, escapism and desire to not comply to any given set of rules or laws – ideas that are as modern as they are timeless. A Classic Education combine the muscle of ‘Loaded’-era VU with the sincerity of Roy Orbison and the chiming guitars of the Go-Betweens, Johnny Marr and The Verlaines to create a unique and compelling sound of their own.
Debut album ‘Call It Blazing’ out now on Lefse
“These aptly named Italians have done their homework, showing masterful proficiency in the subjects of Coiffed Counterculture (Spector sheen, Orbison swoon) and Millennial Indie (Strokes cool, Shins chime)” SPIN