Music video for the song "Save Me" from Royal Bliss's new album, Life In-Between, set for release on 01/13/09.
Directed By Eli Presser & Greg Edgerton
© 2008 Merovingian Music / Capitol Records
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About The Video:
Famed Los Angeles street artist and master puppeteer Eli Presser has lent his unique talents to the upcoming video Save Me from Capitol Music Group / MRV Music artists Royal Bliss. The video, directed by Presser and Greg Edgerton uses a life-sized puppet specifically constructed for the shoot which took place in the Mojave Desert under less than ideal conditions of 110 degree heat and 40 mph winds. The post-production on the video took an excruciating 4 weeks due to the challenges of frame-by-frame removal of the puppeteers used to operate the puppet.
Save Me doesn't feature any of the members of Royal Bliss but it does show viewers a walking personification of Royal Bliss's tormented psyche. The star of the video is a puppet-headed human form with a smooth and impassive face; through skillful editing and clever camera-work, his movements are made halting and deliberate, like a marionette untethered. He lives alone in the desert, and only occasionally ventures out of his humble home. At times, hes buried up to his waist in the sand outside; at other moments, he has enough self-possession to converse with his only friend, his tabby cat, and flip ruefully through old photo books. The entire clip is rendered against a background that resembles withered paper or worn leather; it imparts an intimate texture to a clip that already feels emotionally raw. Soaked in sunset reds and dusty yellows, the Save Me video is gorgeous, artistic, and compulsively watchable.
About The Band:
Royal Bliss is a group that has overcome immense hardship, confounded all doubters, and re-established itself as one of the premiere acts in heavy rock. The last two releases from Royal Bliss were both called After The Chaos, and thats not posturing the so-called unluckiest band in rock has had more than their share of misfortune. During the recording of their first Capitol Records release; Charismatic front man Neal Middleton was told by doctors he would be permanently paralyzed after plummeting thirty-five feet from a balcony. Guitarist Chris Harding needed surgery after a terrible skiing accident; his six-string partner Taylor Richards broke his foot and was unable to walk. Car accidents, road mishaps, addictions, and interpersonal problems have haunted the group, but the musicians fought through their injuries both physical and emotional toward full recuperation. More importantly, they never stopped rocking.
So inspiring is the Royal Bliss comeback story that it occasionally threatens to eclipse the bands real achievements: these guys aren't victims, they're accomplished rock and roll champs. The pain in their music is real, but so are the moments of transcendent glory. So lets concentrate on the positive Royal Bliss has toured across the country, built an enthusiastic national fan base, and shared bills with Flyleaf, the Smashing Pumpkins, Buckcherry, P.O.D., and many other top-shelf hard rock bands. Despite it's independent recording and release, After The Chaos sold thousands of copies. Then managed to scale the Mediabase charts and launch songs into heavy rotation on commercial radio stations. As always, Royal Bliss backed up their success with scalding live performances, including several earth-shaking sellout shows in their hometown of Salt Lake City.
Save Me, is a plea for deliverance from the ravages of drug dependence. Its also a kick ass hard rock single distorted guitars, stinging snare, tight harmonies, and an instantly-memorable chorus. The track has already become a concert favorite, and is sure to be a prominent part of the Royal Bliss set when they embark on another national tour this autumn.