Deface the Music
Just a stone's throw from the SF Weekly offices, the almighty Burger Island was transformed from a little greasy spoon into a bustling film set -- of a little greasy spoon. As the owner and his son stood by, Victorville punksters Face to Face tore up the restaurant for a video for "Debt" off of the release Big Choice (Victory/A&M). According to local 26-year-old punk rock director Isaak Camner, the plot is fairly basic: "The band is working at a busy burger joint, and things go wrong," he says. "An unexpected series of mishaps drive them into a sort of collective unconscious, and they just destroy the place. We kept the actors in the dark so that their reactions would be completely genuine. I would tell them it was a rehearsal and we'd shoot it." Camner, whose other projects include videos for Rancid, RKL, and NOFX, recently joined forces with producer Raub Shapiro (Primus and Green Day) to form Hot Rod Pictures. The Face to Face video is only the new company's second project (the first being for No Use for a Name), but already the phones are ringing off the hook. In today's musical climate, it's no surprise that Camner's and Shapiro's intrinsic punk sensibilities are proving to be as invaluable to big record companies as are their filmmaking talents. When you're hot, you're hot.
By Mike Rowell, Silke Tudor