Lucas Klose have a new music video “Mary Magdalene,” which was created, in part, to bring attention to the fact that people in the South Shore of Long Island, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and New Jersey, are still struggling to get their lives back to normal since Oct. 29, 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.
When local travel agent Debra Michaels heard that Lucas Klose (an informal songwriting duo of guitarist Gary Lucas (Jeff Buckley, Captain Beefheart) and singer/songwriter Jann Klose) were looking for a location to film their video for their new song “Mary Magdalene,” she called her neighbors including the Island Park Volunteer Fire Department. They all said, “We want to get the message out that we’re having a rough time getting Island Park back to normal.”
Recalling disaster songs like Peter Adamson’s “The Titanic” or Gordon Lightfoot’s “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Mary Magdalene” is about living through Superstorm Sandy; it was co-written by Gary, Jann, and Dan Beck who has written songs with legendary rockers Dion DiMucci and the Rascals’ Felix Cavaliere.
On September 16, Jann, Gary and Dan, plus a three-person production crew: Z3Rro The Comet, and Ashley Christopher (recent graduates from Five Towns’ College) and EDM DJ James Messina filmed “Mary Magdalene” throughout Island Park, showing footage of condemned homes, the local fire house and a favorite pub The Local Ale House.
In addition to cinematography in Island Park, the video uses footage of Breezy Point supplied by Getty Images Editorial Footage/Getty Images.
Jann and Gary’s songwriting duo is based in the Roots Music Genre. In actuality both artists are eclectic musicians, who tour throughout the world on their own.
Gary has worked heavily with both Jeff Buckley and Captain Beefheart, and is a solo artist/band leader with 27 albums to his credit. ROLLING STONE says Gary is, “One of the best and most original guitarists in America…a modern guitar miracle.” Jann won more awards in the Vox Populi of the 2014 Independent Music Awards (IMAs) than any other nominee, and in four eclectic categories including his a cappella cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song To The Siren.”
Gary and Jann both worked on the movie GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY (Tribeca Films/Focus World/Universal). Jann is the singing voice of Tim Buckley, while Gary consulted and played guitar. Tony Award winner Frank Wood plays Gary in the film.
“Mary Magdalene” appears on daily motion at http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2803ku_lucas-klose-s-mary-magdalene_music. It will be seen on vevo (youtube). In 2015 spring, Jann and Gary will be releasing an EP of favorite new songs in the roots genre.
Donations are welcomed by The Island Park Volunteer Fire Department, P.O Box 500, Island Park, NY 11558.