Their Led Zep-on-the-North Shore brand of retro R'n'B saw Aucklanders The Checks generate international hype and an invitation to join NME's 2005 New Music tour of England, just two years after forming. The following year, the band moved to London to made its debut album Hunting Whales, which spent four weeks in the Kiwi charts, while single 'What You Heart' debuted at number 16 in the UK indie charts. It led to high profile support gigs with Oasis and Muse and a second album, Alice By The Moon in 2009.
Director Sam Peacocke’s tale of love and motor-racing was the first official music video to be made for The Checks. Set in the 1960s, it contrasts a young Japanese driver at the track with his apprehensive girlfriend who waits forlornly at home. Tapping into his own love of motor-sport and memories of being at a racetrack as a child, Peacocke made this stylish, streamlined clip for a budget of $30,000 at Hobsonville Air Base near Auckland; the meticulous attention to period detail includes authentic Lotus racing cars.
This frenetic music video uses the classic "band plays in front of cyclorama" model to effect, utilising the The Checks' affinity for insouciant live performance. Deft camera work and editing complete the equation, making for a clip that oozes with rock chic and retro cool.