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    Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:50:43

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    ARTISTdirect.com has partnered with Old Time Machine to premiere the video for their new single "Tearing Me Down." The video was shot in the city of Whitehorse in Canada's Yukon Territory and was directed by Neil Macdonald and David Hamelin.

    About the video, OTM's Kyle Cashen told ARTISTdirect.com, "When we started thinking about making a video for 'Tearing Me Down' we sat down with our art director who also did our album artwork, Joseph Tisiga, to go over concepts. We got to talking a lot about what a well-made video is and how camcorders make it easy for pretty much anybody to make a video. We likened it to community theatre. One of the best parts of working with directors Neil Macdonald and David Hamelin is that they have this uncanny ability to transform our absurd ramblings into tangible shots. We played off the theatre idea a bit by having the puppeteers visible throughout the video. I got the idea of concealing their identities with stockings over their heads because I was watching May Ray's The Mystery of the Chateau of Dice, right before we began shooting. The puppeteers were all played by our friends which was great because they were up for anything, including having their faces smashed in those stockings."

    Ryan McNally opened up about the song, telling us, "'Tearing Me Down' is a bit of a two-headed monster from a lyrical perspective. The lyrics are kept pretty broad. I prefer when there's enough space in my lyrics for people to put their own stories in. I enjoy when people come up to me and tell me a lyric in the song references something or they like the point I made about a certain thing. Usually they're totally off from what I was actually writing about, but I almost appreciate that moment of miscommunication the most. I like when someone takes something and makes it their own."

    Now that you've got the backstory, watch the video below:

    Did you dig Old Time Machine's "Tearing Me Down?" Be sure to pick up their self-titled album!

    —Maggie Pannacione

    Photo Credit: Gary Bremner

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