Share animated music video for
‘You Know I Know’ (feat. Sophie Burbery)
See them live on Round The Horn tour this summer!
Following the release of their brand new single ‘You Know I Know’ featuring Sophie Burbery, Hopetoun Brown have today shared the official music video available to watch here.
Directed and animated by none other than the magical Finn Scholes, Hopetoun fans will be familiar with Finn’s fiery trumpet skills and incandescent piano playing, but they may be unaware of his talents as an accomplished visual artist and animator.
Finn’s experimental five-piece Carnivorous Plant Society often have Finn’s animations projected behind the band as they play, but now Hopetoun Brown has commissioned the creature of Ponsonby to draw their entire video, complete with all manner of surreal couples doin’ it in full colour!
Recorded with Jol Mulholland from Mt Eden studio The Oven, the speedy rap duet features neighbourhood synth scientist and MC Sophie Burbery, Weird Together percussionist/bongo player Issac Chadderton, and alto sax player Callum Passells.
WATCH OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO ‘YOU KNOW I KNOW’ (FEAT. SOPHIE BURBERY)
Man your canoes and lash down your parachute flares! Hopetoun Brown and the genius of Finn Scholes will set sail for the most adventurous tour of the summer, aboard a kauri-planked ketch built in Lyttelton in the ‘80s!
Don’t miss Round the Horn, live at a limited number of remote island venues around the Hauraki Gulf. Taking in Rakino, Kawau and Great Barrier Island, the intrepid band will also drop anchor inside Leigh Harbour for their only North Island date at Leigh Sawmill.
*Tickets to the Leigh Sawmill show will be on pre-sale from UnderTheRadar HERE
Round the Horn – Hopetoun Brown
And the genius of Finn Scholes!
Tuesday January 9th – Rakino Island Community Hall, Rakino Island ($20 on the door)
Wednesday January 10th – Kawau Island Boating Club, Kawau Island (free)
Friday January 12th – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh (tickets on pre-sale from UnderTheRadar.co.nz)
Sunday January 14th – Port Fitzroy Yacht Club, Great Barrier Island ($20 on the door)
Hopetoun Brown are also very excited to be on this year’s artist lineup for WOMAD NZ, held in Taranaki’s idyllic Brooklands Park. They will be joined on stage by trumpet wunderkind, Finn Scholes for Taranaki’s biggest knees-up this March 16-18th. Come and party with our favourite pair, and stay tuned for more upcoming show dates!
About Hopetoun Brown:
These 2017 Taite Prize finalists have been friends since the age of eight. By the time they were thirteen, Tim Stewart and Nick Atkinson joined Karl Steven to form a blues band that would go on to become the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act Supergroove. This world-girdling band broke up nine years later forcing Stewart and Atkinson apart. A number of years passed before they spoke again, but our horn-playing heroes had been on many adventures and they had much to catch up on. Stewart had moved to Australia to finish his training to become a chef in the fiery kitchens of Sydney. Atkinson became a journalist, crewed on a yacht that rounded Cape Horn before cycling across Patagonia. When he returned from this adventure, while playing gigs in Ponsonby, Atkinson’s trusty tenor sax was stolen. He then came upon a dilapidated bass clarinet, an unusual spindly instrument that needed a complete restoration.
The new sound of the bass clarinet set Stewart and Atkinson off on a brief flurry of composition. At the time, Atkinson lived at 4 Hopetoun Street while Stewart resided in the heart of Ponsonby at 13 Brown Street. Hopetoun Brown was christened! At this stage, the duo simply performed instrumentals and it wasn’t long before Atkinson left Auckland again on another extended voyage, this time to the Antarctic Island of South Georgia. More than four years passed before Supergroove were reunited in October 2007, and Stewart and Atkinson began rehearsing and playing again. A horn section is like a band within a band. They often need their own rehearsals to get tight for the full band practices, but it can get a bit dull playing the horn lines for ‘Can’t Get Enough’ over and over, so our heavy honking pair began to work up a small repertoire of numbers to work on their intonation and tightness.
One day, Stewart suggested Atkinson should play the bass line for a New Orleans standard ‘St James Infirmary Blues’. It was as close to a scene from Nashville as the boys had ever experienced. Atkinson played the line on his lonely and woody sounding bass clarinet and Stewart sang the lyrics, quietly at first, before building to a thunderous stomping crescendo that tapered to a tender trumpet coda. They looked at each other once the song was finished… magic! They really had something new. The bass clarinet and Stewart’s voice were perfect together and it wasn’t long before Hopetoun Brown played their first show at the Kingsland Folk Club.
A little over a year later, they were heading down to Lyttelton to record their debut album Burning Fuse with Ben Edwards. The following year they were handpicked by the Violent Femmes to support their two sold-out shows at the St James Theatre. Hopetoun Brown joined the Femmes on stage both nights and a number of their old school friends were in the crowd slack-jawed seeing their classmates on stage, playing with a band they’d danced to in their teenage years.
Later that year Hopetoun Brown backed Marlon Williams at the Music Awards and co-wrote and recorded ‘Hate I Don’t Love You’ with Tami Neilson. In October 2016, they released their second album Look So Good, again recorded with Ben Edwards in Lyttelton and Oliver Harmer at The Lab in Auckland. Since then, they’ve played hundreds of shows up and down the nation, while recording new material with Jol Mulholland at his studio The Oven.
You Know I Know
(ft. Sophie Burbery)
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