Las Brujas isn’t just another band jamming out in an Echo Park apartment. Their steady psychedelic grooves bring a fresh breeze of chillax that can only be captured by a true beach band exposed to the serene effects of the coastline. After a few singles, they recently released their self-titled debut EP.
And to accompany its first single “Sweaty Windows,” director Samantha Shada created a compelling music video that explores a more romantic side of Los Angeles. Or as she explains:
“We focused on the sexy and beautiful yet natural side of our city, highlighting both feminine and masculine iconography: sunset followed by the rising of the moon, the waves of Malibu juxtaposed with the skyscrapers of downtown. Stylistically we shot vibrant, over-saturated images and dense framing that focused on the natural beauty of the city and its characters within…”
FBV wanted to know more about the video so we interviewed vocalist/guitarist Brian Jarmon and drummer Seth Olansky.
Jarmon: “The lyrics came to me right after I had just started dating my girlfriend. I’d been in L.A. about a year at that point and had experienced its myriad of scenes. She seemed so innocent at the time, but I knew a deeper undercurrent lied beneath her cool facade. It’s basically me telling myself to ‘Chill out, don’t blow it with this one.'”
Olansky: “The video was directed by our friend Samantha Shada. We approached her with the idea for the video and she really expanded the vision and added a narrative element. Everything on the video was done no-budget guerrilla-style and it is a credit to Sam’s talent that the final result came together so smoothly.”
Olansky: “The video features some very iconic L.A. imagery: the downtown skyline, sunset over the ocean shores of Malibu, views of Hollywood and Topanga Canyon. The overall effect lends a strong sense of place for the music and the band.”
Olansky: “We wish! Two of us don’t even drive.”
What is the best make-out spot in L.A.?
Olansky: “Can’t go wrong with any of the locations featured in the video! Other places we’re partial to: nosebleed sections at the Hollywood Bowl, seats at the back of the Los Feliz theater, a quiet booth at any rooftop bar downtown. Of course the best place is wherever you and your sweetheart happen to be at the moment.”