Sean Sturm (The Nixons, Eye TV) and screen composer Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper made up the core of The Exiles, a band formed in 2003 and renowned for their energised live shows. Joined on-stage by musicians Graham Cope, Jessica Hindin and Harry Champion, The Exiles released a number of singles, including 'The One' — the first independently released NZ track to reach the Top 30 via radio play and digital sales alone. Sturm and Bridgman-Cooper went on to form band School for Birds, whose self-titled album landed in 2013.
Energetic and highly stylised, this clip was one of the few made for band The Exiles before they morphed into Schoool of Birds. Exiles co-founder Sean Sturm (Eye TV) has provided clues to the videos many inspirations: [1927 movie] "Metropolis, Tim Burton's first short film Vincent, the colour red, and the idea of desiring machines. Our mate Steve from the Misfits of Science sat in on drums and we CGI-ed our drummer Graham Cope in later (shh!)." The video was directed by Luke Sharpe (award-winning video Nesian 101), who later produced horror movie Housebound.