Track Of The Day #495: Thought Forms – ‘For The Moving Stars’
Here’s a brand new Thought Forms video for the explosive ‘For The Moving Stars’. It was made by their Invada labelmate CUTS and features Bristol skating legend Spex. According to the band “the video is about never giving up on what you enjoy doing in life.” The track goes off with a bang from the outset, and the thriving energy, zippy riffs and MBV flavours provide a brilliant moment that’s as accessible and immediate as this band have ever sounded. It’s taken from the band’s recent split LP with Esben And The Witch, which you can read of review of HERE.
Invada’s Reg D Weeks spoke to The Quietus about the story behind the video: “I first became aware of a lanky skateboarder called Spex in the mid 80s while skateboarding in south Bristol. The skating trend had sailed over the Atlantic from the States and was in full swing by around 1987. Spex was a ridiculous talent and was known all over the south-west of England and further. On days where the cream of San Francisco’s skateboarding community would come over for exhibition shows – Spex would turn up and not only rival them but put most to shame…
The entire Bristol skate scene was huge and the worship all us teenagers had for this individual was unmatched for anyone else. Up until around ’86 my music tastes were simply HEAVY METAL – nothing more nothing less – it was all about Van Halen, Motörhead, Judas Priest and of course Maiden. When the skate scene started to take over my world in between school and sleeping, I began to see imported VHS videos coming from the States. Videos like ‘Streets On Fire’ introduced me to to a new form of music I’d not really known of: hardcore. Bands like Black Flag, Firehose, Minutemen, Blast, etc, became the mainstay of my listening and from that moment introduced me to all kinds of alternative music.
“When I heard the Thought Forms track ‘For The Moving Stars’, I wanted to have a skate video to accompany it; it immediately conjured up images of kids on the West Coast of America skating along to an early Hüsker Dü or Sonic Youth track – I mentioned this to Geoff and he was in agreement, but we didn’t know what to shoot or who to get involved. Geoff asked me what Spex was up to nowadays – in a weird twist of fate, my kids and his go to the same school – but I hadn’t actually seen him in years. I tracked his number down from a mutual friend and then set up a meeting between us with Invada’s latest signing CUTS, who not makes music but incredible videos too. Spex, despite having serious skating injuries over the past year, was obliging when we played him the track. Spex is now in his very late 40s and has skated and surfed nearly his entire life. He is still a legend to a whole generation of people and to have him on an Invada video is not only a holy grail for us, but the fact he understood what we were trying to achieve by fusing music and skating in a video means everything. The man that hasn’t given up.”
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