By nature, the world of music is both reliably formulaic and excitingly unpredictable. Take Dave Monks, front man of Canadian commotion Tokyo Police Club, who led the indie rock band into stardom — amassing a loyal fan base and more plays on TV than I can count — only to branch off into an unanticipated solo career. Having moved from Toronto to Brooklyn and settling into an enthusing new romance, Monks translated his lifestyle change into a continued artistic virtuosity. For both the singer-songwriter and his supporters, the unexpected project has been fruitful. The release of his debut EP All Signs Point To Yes delivered six songs unlike most of his previous work, exemplifying a level of simplistic earnestness that had old fans, new fans, and the blogosphere at large abuzz.
Premiering today on BlackBook is Monks’ video for “Gasoline,” directed by Chris Schoonover. The guitar-laden track features a humble piano progression that summons nostalgia in its repetitiveness, drawing us into a tale of love and longing. About the video, Monks says:
The song is really simple and has a lot of space so Chris [Schoonover] and I wanted to make something that reflected that. I love the way he frames stuff and I’ve never done a video in all natural light before. I think it’s awesome how effective a really minimal video can be.
You can check out the video below, as well as listen to Monks’ All Signs Point to Yes, here.
Directed by: Chris Schoonover
Camera: Chris Schoonover, Tyler Kufs, Stephanie Dimiskovski, Jonathan Schoonover
Editing: Chris Schoonover