Rob Ulitski - 9th June 2021

Liam Powell and Bex Denton join forces to create the video for SPQR's Fault Lines, a story of a hapless everyman called Jeffrey, told in puppet form. 

Frustrated by life, dogged by work, dreaming of romance, Jeffrey's fate is echoed by the volcano that bubbles menacingly outside his window. It's an engaging take on a familiar story told with bags of lo-fi charm and wit - created by Denton, the band's drummer, and Powell, the band's creative partner, who has been instrumental in the band's visuals since the release of their single Josephine in 2019.

The video was filmed over the course of a month but with Bex Denton building the puppets and sets herself for her second SPQR video, it took three months from conception to delivery.

"This video came to me in a dream - no lie," she explains. "The concept, the story, the puppets, all in a dream. I was nervous about making this video, after making the Slowly one I swore never to work with puppets ever again, Liam had only warned against it a few weeks earlier.

"However, I twisted his arm and luckily he agreed to work with me on it. He has captured my vision perfectly and I’m eternally grateful. It has been a long time in the making, but I love it."

Powell adds: "Bex is a talented artist, like through and through! This video was the longest, and definitely the hardest project I’ve worked on with the band, but it would have been impossible without Bex. All production design was her sole project, and the amount of detail in the video is astounding.

"I never get to talk about how good our videos turn out cause it’s like tooting your own horn, but this is amazing and it’s all because of Bex."

Credits

DirectorLiam Powell
DirectorBex Denton
ProducerLiam Powell
ProducerBex Denton
Puppet DesignBex Denton
Other creditsAdditional Puppeteers: Peter Harrison, Jack Sanders, James Treadell, Conner Dickson, Laura Maher, Dot Denton, Gus Powell

Rob Ulitski - 9th June 2021

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