Pining for a first crush is a powerful experience, and in their new music video for "Pine" from their third full-length album Fireball Electric Tomorrow, electro-ambient indie duo England in 1819, comprised of Baton Rouge brothers Andrew (synth, vocals) and Dan Callaway (electronic drums, bass, french horn), capture the fervor, the awkwardness, and the palpable sense of possibility encapsulated in that experience. Unfolding as an allegorical representation of the Baton Rouge brothers' love for their city, and starring regional symbols of confidence, strength, and pride - the LSU Tiger Girls and the drum major and members of Southern University's marching band, whose most recent music video appearance was with The Jonas Brothers and who performed on multiple occasions at the Super Bowl - their performative roles in the music video offer an emotional mirror for the video's main characters navigating the tumult of a deep crush.
The video was shot on location out on the levee, at Louisiana State University, Southern University, and The Runnels School, where the video's central actors attended ninth-grade drama class and where drummer Dan Callaway formerly taught music. The song was produced and mixed by Prime Recordings' Derek Garten (Taylor Swift, Jewel), who partnered with the band after seeing them perform in Nashville.
About England in 1819:
Born in Athens, GA where their extended family remains firmly rooted, Andrew and Dan Callaway spent their childhood in the English countryside playing in rock bands with their father Liam, who taught overseas Air Force bands (and who was himself the son of a troubadour who performed throughout the post-WWII American South). Their interests and talents led them into the world of classical music, and the family moved back to the U.S., with Andrew studying composition and Dan studying french horn, both at conservatories in Ohio. After a few years of travel and exposure to a withering classical scene, the brothers returned to their roots, reuniting in the South and finding new life in the energy and creativity of indie rock.
The pair formed England in 1819 in Baton Rouge, expanded into a sprawling chamber pop ensemble and quickly attracted members until at one point the band numbered nine. After exploring more orchestral and experimental sounds and recording a pair of albums, the brothers began gravitating toward their more electronic elements and streamlined their membership until they found themselves trimmed to the original pair of fraternal nomads. Sequestered in a North Carolina cabin last summer, the brothers wrote and recorded their third full-length, Fireball Electric Tomorrow, a 14-track album featuring smooth vocals and soaring french horn as ethereal counterparts to thick synths and pounding beats, with danceable grooves building into driving rhythmic surges. The band put the finishing touches on the full-length in a studio in Spartanburg, SC, laying vocals and french horn tracks, and releasing the album in September. England in 1819 hit the road with the completed album last fall, and the warm reception prompted a two-month follow-up U.S. tour this winter. The brothers are now working on the follow-up to Fireball Electric Tomorrow.