Sunday, 11 September 2011

Does It Offend You Yeah? - We Are Rockstars

Does It Offend You Yeah? are a British rock/electronic band originating from Reading. They were formed in 2006 and have seen strong success in the dance and indie charts. They claim that the band name is taken from a quote from Ricky Gervais's popular TV comedy, The Office and have completed several high profile tours, the latest a spot at the Dance stage at Leeds and Reading Festivals 2011.

The video begins with the band clearly playing to a live crowd, the fast paced editing and people cheering in the background suggests this could be designed to seem like they are in the middle of a set, as there is the occasional slow motion added, although it is mainly quick cuts to close up, with a wide range of high, low and wide angles to get shots of both the audience and the band.

Slow motion is a key factor in the video, and contradicts the fast paced shot sequences, possibly signifying the band are loving the performance. Lights begin flashing amongst over things, including a very clear strobe light being used towards the end, giving the shots a very edgy rigid feel to them. The angles are from all over, and the stage is in the middle, so this means that some of the shots are long, incorporating the crowd into them to show the atmosphere, whilst others are close ups of the lead singer as he sings the chorus, in a robotic style voice, that sounds slightly audio tuned. The video is quite literally filming the band in concert and takes a different route from the usual mode of address or focus on narrative perspective roads a lot of other bands take.

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