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Blur 'St. Charles Square' by Toby L

Promonews - 28th July 2023

To the delight of their legion of fans, Blur are back once again, on tour playing all the old favourites - and with a new album.

Toby L and team have captured the band on the road to create a hugely dynamic and enjoyable promo for one of the songs from the just-released The Ballad Of Darren.

"The video for St Charles Square was shot on location at the band’s first performances in almost 10 years, occurring in less frequented towns and cities across the UK, including Colchester, Eastbourne, Wolverhampton and Newcastle," explains Toby L. "The shows were emotional, sweaty and very close. We wanted to merge the tension and paranoia of the song’s lyrics and themes with the infamous intensity and power of Blur’s live sets.

"We played around with shutter speeds, leant into whip pans and crash zooms, as well as looping certain moments, offering a subtle nod to their early Popscene video, a song which we feel possesses a similar sense of kinetic chaos. It’s in black and white to mirror the photographic aesthetic of their current era and new album, The Ballad of Darren.

"Accumulatively it somehow means that 'new Blur' is recalling 'classic Blur', remaining both contemporaneous and timeless in equal measure. The present and past colliding harmonically, creating something new in the process."

Promonews - 28th July 2023


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Toby L
Katie Cooper
Production Company
Executive Producer
Josh Connolly
Executive Producer
Toby L
Production Manager
Jamie Tarr


Director of Photography
Rhys Warren
Director of Photography
Sebastian Cort
2nd AC
Thomas Foster


Matthew Prickett
Editing company
Work Editorial
Edit Producer
Lola Cookman


Colour Producer
Dan Hills
Colour Producer
Edwin Elkington
Philip Hambi
Colour grade company
The Mill

Promonews - 28th July 2023

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