Drawing from their raising in the Mid West, inspirations from the 50s and 60s as well as their home in Brooklyn, New York and modern music, The Paisley Fields are a rather post-modern set of contradictions. They cite such varied artists as Garth Brooks, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, The Mamas and The Papas, Elton John and Tom Waits as influences, but equally identify as an alt. country band, all the while presenting a strong rock thread running through. Comprised of James Wilson (vocals, piano, ASCAP award-winning songwriter), Jessica Kimple (operatic vocals), Joe Kimple (guitar, sound engineer), Rob Knopper (Grammy-winning percussion), and Anna Volpe (operatic vocals, a new addition to the group), the band has been building buzz with over 74,000 hits on YouTube, rotation on Pandora, an East Coast tour and plenty of great press.
The band plan to release a series of singles with music videos throughout this year, beginning with ‘Not Gonna Be Friends’, which is our featured video. The track starts with simple piano and James’ plain vocals, but quickly evolves into a wall of sound, guitars, drums, piano and harmonies crashing into each other for a passionate power ballad. Set in the aftermath of a relationship, it finds a jilted lover rejecting the attempts to be friends by the other, who is now in a relationship with someone else. “Now you wanna be friends, but I’m not gonna wish you well, I wanna be the guy you kiss goodnight,” the narrator cries, and we really feel the emotion in the song.
The video doesn’t follow your typical storyline, especially for a country video. While the song itself is ambiguous on the sexuality of the characters, the video chooses to focus on a gay relationship, and can easily be credited with handling it extremely delicately and not making it cheesy, which they certainly could have done. Alternating between black and white shots of the band performing in the studio and the unfolding storyline between the two men in their home of Brooklyn, we are treated to peeks at the good times as well as the present falling apart of the relationship. It’s very tastefully done, and adds another layer to a simple narrative.
You can check out the video for ‘Not Gonna Be Friends’ below!