Nearly a decade removed from the release of their debut album, Houston's own Delta-rock blues group Runaway Sun is still enjoy performing their earlier cuts. So much so, in fact, that the band recorded a music video for "Bad Bad Man," one of the tracks from their eponymous release, which they will be premiering this weekend at Buffalo Bayou Brewery.
"There are a lot of people out there who have never heard our music before," says vocalist Andrew Karnavas of choosing to make a music video for what could be considered one of the band's classics. "So if 'Bad Bad Man' came out five years ago or five minutes ago, it doesn't seem to matter."
For the video, which was shot at Dean's Downtown and Bird House Productions Studio, the Bayou City-born four-piece teamed up with Rivet Production and Lynn Birdwell, who directed, produced and assisted in the creative direction of the short film.
"We first met Lynn when (our debut) album came out," Karnavas says. "She was really excited about the music and wanted to do a video. Since then, we've storyboarded several videos and concepts for our songs, and the stars finally aligned for us to shoot the video for 'Bad Bad Man.' It was really important to all of us to wait until we could put out something special."
At its core, Karnavas says, the song is the story of an inconsolable man attempting to deal with the loss of his wife.
"Losing your life partner is one of the most heartbreaking things that can happen to you," Karnavas says. "The song idea came from my love for antihero stories, specifically the Robert Rodriguez film Desperado. Like Antonio Banderas's character in the film, the Bad Bad Man is avenging the death of his wife, who was murdered on their wedding day. But there's no real glory in vengeance."
Karnavas also cites Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man," George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone" and Muhammad Ali's "I'm a Bad Man" speech as influences on the song's lyrical content.
Fans of Buffalo Bayou Brewery since it opened, Karnavas and Runaway Sun felt that the brewery near Memorial Park would make for a perfect site for the premiere.
"I have had so many great conversations with owner Rassul Zarinfar about the parallels of the creative processes for brewing and songwriting," he says. "We're celebrating them as much as this video."
Karnavas says that Runaway Sun wants to release even more videos, implying that "Bad Bad Man" may be the first of many more creative, visually driven art pieces produced for the band's music.
"I think our longtime fans are really going to love reconnecting with the song on a visual level," he says. "For the band, it's one of those songs that always feels exciting to play, and as we've developed our Delta Rock sound over the years, its style has complemented every direction we've explored."
The video features paper animation by local animator Brandon Ray, and Runaway Sun have embossed 100 16-oz. mason jars with the Bad Bad Man himself for their more fervent fans who want to take something home with them after the premier.
The premier is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Buffalo Bayou Brewery, 5301 Nolda Street. Tickets are $10 for entrance, a 10-oz. cup and three drink tokens or $15 for entrance, the 18-oz. collectible mason jar and three drink tokens.
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