Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge already wears many hats: singer/guitarist, clothing-line impresario, political activist. Now he’s adding another cap to his spiky dome: music video director.
DeLonge took time off from stumping for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry (see “Blink-182’s DeLonge Expects ’Always’ To Change Life As We Know It” ) to lens the video for Taking Back Sunday’s new single, “This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know),” the second clip from their album Where You Want to Be. The video was shot on a Los Angeles sound stage on Tuesday, a rare day off on Taking Back Sunday’s North American tour (see “Taking Back Sunday: Road Warriors With No Champagne” ).
On their Web site, TBS wrote that “We spent a very hectic 48 hours flying from Dallas to L.A. back to Nashville to shoot our next video with our good friend Thomas DeLonge. He had a great visual concept and was a very enthusiastic, focused and attentive first-time director.
“There is a lot of colorful live performance footage as well,” the statement continued. “The idea is hard to articulate so we’ll just have to wait a few weeks until the editing is done and you can have a look. Patience.”
According to notes from Taking Back Sunday’s publicist Heather West, Resting Bird Entertainment, the production company behind Blink’s on-the-road documentary “Riding in Vans With Boys,” shot behind-the-scenes footage for a “making-of documentary.” Details of the video’s concept are scarce, though West says that it combines “lots of energetic live performance … with some ’mind-bending’ imagery.” The video will be ready to air sometime in late November or early December.
This isn’t the first time DeLonge has worked with TBS. They played some dates with his side project Box Car Racer in 2003, and Blink invited TBS to open for them on their North American tour in May of this year.