Local bar a top spot for video
THE Duke Wilde Band members have set their sights on the national country music scene and are expecting the release of their first video clip to help them break into the industry.
Filmed on Tuesday night in the Freemasons’ rustic Irish Bar, the clip for Duke Wilde’s second single, The Band Plays, will depict a wild Saturday night in a country town bar.
The award-winning country rock band, comprising Aaron Partridge and Nick Aitken (guitar and vocals), Linc Phelps (bass and vocals) and Jason Bray (drums), is already making itself heard with debut single Country Town receiving airplay on radio stations around the country.
Their highly anticipated second single The Band Plays has been described as a “power rock ballad” and is expected to be picked up by the Country Music Channel on its release at the end of the year.
Sunshine Coast video production agency Panga Productions was hired to put the clip together, and the film crew said they were happy with the choice of location.
Producer/director Shaun Cairns said the Irish Bar set the right scene for the song’s visual story, which would be told through a variety of characters.
Duke Wilde frontman Aaron Partridge hoped the clip would lift the band’s profile, and said the release to television would coincide with the launch of their debut self-titled album in January.
The Gympie band had asked for “interesting-looking” locals to participate in the film shoot and it appeared they heeded the call.
“It was a very interesting day,” Partridge said.
“Some really interesting characters came along. We’ve seen some of the footage and it looks great.
“I guess we’ll see what Shaun can do with the rest of it (but) it was definitely something different for Gympie.
“We’re pretty confident we’ll reach an audience with this clip,” he said.
And this is all hot on the heels of the band’s early success, having won Tamworth’s Coca Cola Battle of the Bands and Q Song’s Country Award this year.