The MuseBox recently announced the premiere of Alison, the second single and video from Immigrant Union’s second full-length, Anyway. Alison, which was directed by Devin De Araujo and features actress Tain Stangret, is singer Bob Harrow’s bitter recounting of the end of a relationship. With a psychedelic folk sound that front man Brent DeBoer describes as “Spiritualised being baptised in a river of Creedence Clearwater,” Melbourne, Australia’s Immigrant Union hit the spotlight in 2011. The band recorded their self-titled full-length debut album with producer Gregg Williams (Sheryl Crow, The Dandy Warhols, Blitzen Trapper). All of Immigrant Union’s music is available on iTunes. Popmatters exclusively premiered the video for Alison.
Despite the personal nature of the video, Harrow is beyond pleased with the finished product. In typical Harrow fashion, he explains why Alison was such a positive experience: “I was pretty happy with how the video came out. I’ve never got to direct anything before, so that was rad. Devin made it look really beautiful. I think Tain Stangret did a killer job in the role of Alison. She nailed the whole ‘I’m over Bob and this relationship’ vibe. Tain is very good at her craft.”
Alison was filmed in half a day at Melbourne’s iconic The Tote during an event called The Psychedelic Rock n’ Roll Surf Party Caftan Hoedown. The live footage seen in Alison is also noteworthy because it was filmed during one of the last gigs Immigrant Union played with singer and guitarist Courtney Barnett.