The Melbourne band that Jessica Alba tweeted about are back. The Twerps latest track, “Work It Out,” comes complete with a blissed out, hazy video, perfect in it’s simplicities, yet still rich with a point of difference. The Twerps’ brand of melodic garage rock has garnered them a cult international audience over the past year in particular, catapulting them from Melbourne’s pub scene into the loving arms of music blogs everywhere.
We spoke exclusively to fellow musician, Pat Telfer who fronts the likes of Old Mate, Bitch Prefect and Silly Joel and the Candymen and who brought his unique directorial style to the accompanying video for “Work It Out,” focusing on both the bleakness of suburbia as well as the simple air of contentment it can undeniably bring.
Furthermore, with influences from the 36th Chamber, such as “the RZA, the GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah and the Method Man,” it’s clear you never know what you are going to get from Telfer’s diverse and creative mind.
Speaking exclusively to Portable, Telfer explained, the music is really the driving force dictating the outcome of each of his videos, “Whatever works for the feel of the song generally is how we go about each video. Mainly we use digital SLR’s, but recently I’ve been buying old VHS cameras off friends and eBay. It’s crazy, these things are only like ten years old and would have cost thousands of dollars in the day, but now they’re less than $100.”
For “Work It Out,” Telfer collaborated directly with the band, collating ideas together until a cohesive direction was formed. He divulged, “Well when Marty and I were first talking about the clip I went around to his place, we drank homebrew and played each other a whole bunch of YouTube clips, until he played me this one Verlaines track and I just said, ‘let’s do that’. I mean it’s not really a particularly inspired idea, but I like the idea of taking simple ideas and executing them well, rather than biting off more than I can chew and coming back with a half cooked finished product. Basically set the bar low, and you can’t fail.”
Telfer’s foray into both music and directing has come from trial and error, and a genuine interest in the creative process. He mused, “Going back three years ago, I was living a share house in Adelaide, recording heaps of music with my housemates and filming them getting drunk and doing stupid shit on my phone. I guess one day I was bored and thought, how hard can it be to cut this together into a clip. Those videos are all fairly hard to watch now, but I feel like my limitations then really dictated my style now. You don’t need much to make a sexy clip and it’s really not very hard.”
Looking to the future, Telfer will continue working with friendsin various musical and film projects, another being with his “Work It Out,” stars, he concluded, “There’s another Twerps clip coming within the next month or so. I’m also working on doing a ten minute cooking series with my man Petersham and my chef friend, Pete Curtis. That’ll be called ‘Cooking With Rough.’”