Fisticuffs releases a video for the song “Live Well”

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Local folk musicians release video with Calgary videographer

“We had a group hug and a cigarette and spent the rest of the afternoon trying to somehow not butcher this sort of emotional country song of ours while satanic wind is ripping my hands off and freezing my mouth shut.”

Saskatoon’s Fisticuffs aka Jordan Kurtz and Emily Kohlert have released a video for the song “Live Well” under Calgary videographer Brock Mitchell, who operates under A Shot At the Dark.

While the song is haunting – check out the male/female vocal interplay – the video is beautifully shot and details the starkness of a winter spent in the prairie hinterland.

Go figure, says Kurtz.

“Our friend Brock does this fantastic video series in Calgary called A Shot At The Dark – after Vincent Moon he’s my favourite one-take live music videographer,” says Kurtz.

“He was like ‘I found this rickety Quonset off Stoney Trail. What are you doing Saturday? It’s supposed to be cold.” We were in town to make a record in seven days, which turned into six. Halfway through the sixth day we were like ‘I think that’s good. That’s all we’re going to get,’ which is a weird place to arrive at but nice.

“So we had a group hug and a cigarette and spent the rest of the afternoon trying to somehow not butcher this sort of emotional country song of ours while satanic wind is ripping my hands off and freezing my mouth shut. It took a few takes.

“You can hear the sound of groaning metal in the background,” adds Kurtz. “That’s the wind blasting frozen hatred through the broken windows of the building.”

Kurtz first started playing with local group Tuxedo Mask and recently toured with Zach Lucky. His next album is slated for a 2012 release.

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