Wednesday, October 26, 2011

We are officially bearded!

Finally!! The moment we have all been waiting for...

Facing Winter has a beard.

I'm so relieved! I was worried it might never happen.

(In addition to our exciting new facial hair... we're also thrilled to officially announce that Brad Jewison and Dan Perdue have joined the band)

And by ("thrilled") I mean unbelievably %$#*&@' excited!

Now that we're back to full flavor you can expect a healthy mix of both...

 ...and ROCK! shows from here on out:

The first rock show since August will be Friday November 4th at Cairo Bar in West Chicago.

Hope to see you there!


Clockwise from the upper left: Jeff Goluszka, Dan Perdue, Justin Birchard, and Brad Jewison

Friday, October 21, 2011

"October" music video shoot

A few weeks ago we finished all the shooting for our upcoming music video. It's for the song "October" and it'll (fingers crossed) be released by the end of the month.

Many thanks to Chad Headley (director), Chris Shern (co-director), Andrew Birchard (creative work horse), and our horde of zombies for all their effort, creativity, and dedication to this project. All-in-all we shot on 5 different nights (mostly between the hours of 9pm and 4am). Without Chad and Chris' expertise we never would've even gotten this project off the ground... they did an excellent job planning and coordinating the whole operation.

During the 5 nights of shooting we had approximately 20 different zombies show up to participate. Everybody did a great job... the shots are the perfect mix of creepiness and goofiness. Exactly what we were hoping for.

Chad did an excellent job with the lighting. It was cool seeing the yard all lit-up like a baseball field at 2am.

To the right is Jeff Stogis applying his zombie make-up. The zombies wore black paint around their eyes, a white handkerchief around their mouth and nose, a black hoody, and dark pants.

While being taped, zombies would shine flashlights close to their faces and onto their white handkerchiefs... this effectively highlighted the creepiness and vividness of the nighttime lighting.

Director Chad Headley demonstrates how the zombies should hold their flashlights:

Not only a great zombie... but also a great musician... to the left is William Wolfe.

To the right: Co-director/zombie Chris Shern givin' me the evil eye during a van scene.

It's surprising how much junk you need in order to shoot a video right.

To the right: long time friend, battle-rapper, and local music connoisseur Derek Sepeda
During a zombie fight-scene... probably the coolest picture of Jeff ever taken:

To the right: Alicia Anys helps Eddie Ortega get ready for zombie action.

To the left: long time Facing Winter friend and creative ally Jd Mathys preps a crew of fresh zombies.

 To the right is my brother Andrew... over the years he's put in countless hours helping us with various projects. He's also the one who screen prints our t-shirts, bandannas, etc.

To the left our good friend Sarah puts the final touches on her zombie makeup.

Alicia Anys, Edwardo Ortega, and William Wolfe... ready for shooting:

Thanks again to everybody who helped out with this project!! I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

Here are some videos that the director Chad Headley shot for us in the past...



Jeff and I are headed out for a mini-tour this weekend... two shows in Wisconsin and then back to Illinois for a show in Dekalb. Should be fun!