GLASS OAKS | LYNCHBURG, VA. | JANUARY 2014
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I've had the privilege of watching these guys develop as artists over the last few years. In the case of Jon Smalt, the drummer, it's been about more than a decade.
I met him in 2003. He was 15(?) and his older brother David brought me to their parents house on my way home for Thanksgiving break my freshman year of college. He was going on and on about "the best drum set [he'd] heard in [his] life."
I think his current kit now fits in that category.
For their upcoming tour and EP, Glass Oaks asked us to help them with some photo and video content.
We invited them to our studio at the (now defunct) Keep Colony, and spent the weekend recording songs, with the indispensable Ryan Helm on audio capture and Kenny Smith on C-camera.
This is among our favorite ways to work: You get a bunch of people, throw them in a limited environment for a few days, and don't really come out until the thing is done.
As of this writing (Nov. 24, 2015), we are pulling together the previs for a full(er)-scale music video that we wrote and will be directing in early 2015. We're really looking forward to it.
In the meantime, enjoy the results of an arduous — but incredibly fun and memorable — weekend.
We spent a weekend with our friends in Lynchburg's Glass Oaks: (from left) Taylor Thompson, Joel Kaiser, Jon Smalt and Ben Anspach.
If not a single piece of usable content came from this weekend, one thing would still be certain: The projects we enjoy most are the ones where the distinction between photographer and subject is nonexistent, and our chief aim is creating something beautiful.
In addition to the three days we hung out in our studio filming a three-part live performance session, we explored some of the less frequented parts of our city, and let the Oaks just be themselves -- goofing off, laughing and four-part a capella renditions of songs that inspire them.
For a relatively new band, Glass Oaks have made themselves known as a fun group of dudes whose talents are only outshined by their work ethic.
Many thanks to Kenny Smith for lending us his camera skills and excellent company (and to his wife Sarah for sharing him), to Ryan Helm for his audio engineering badassery (videos are forthcoming), Bryce Morris for hanging out and lending a hand, and again to Glass Oaks for trusting us with their image.