Video Release: Terra Lightfoot, “Consider The Speed”

Terra Lightfoot

Continuing our weeklong theme devoted to Hamilton, ON soul-rocker Terra Lightfoot, we are happy to share the most recent music video for the title track to her outstanding new release, “Consider The Speed.”  Recorded and directed by Mat Dunlap (Andy Shauf, The Sheepdogs), this video presents a fun, freewheeling adventure filmed on location in Hamilton’s historic Gage Park.  “The video shoot was so much fun,” Terra recalls. “We borrowed some bikes … and Mat made a mask to look exactly like my drummer Frankie (who is American and couldn’t cross the border to be with us).”

“We came up with the idea after Terra was texting me photos from a sunrise bike ride and the light looked amazing,” adds Dunlap.  “I knew Terra was going for a lot of bike rides during the pandemic and thought it could be a fun thing to lean into. It’s such an unabashed love song that it seemed like the video needed to have Terra front-and-centre with her heart on her sleeve.”

Joined on her bike ride by bassist Eli Abrams and the masked drummer, the trio ultimately end up at Gage Park’s vintage bandshell, where the bikes are ditched for drums, guitars and plenty of amps.  “The video shoot was mostly me yelling ‘AWWW’ at every dog that walked by,” Terra shares. “Gage Park is a local dog-walking mecca, so this probably happened every five seconds.  While we were shooting the bandshell performance, a French immersion pre-school class was watching us from the field.  It was probably a half hour of the same song, but they loved it and danced the entire time.  That’s definitely the vibe you see on camera.”

“[Terra’s] also a rocker, so we added a little glam flavouring with the stars and the band as silhouettes just to keep it fun and weird,” Mat recalls. “In the end, it was one of the most enjoyable video shoots ever because we basically just biked around Gage Park while Terra waved and sang to every dog in sight.”

Photo credit: Mat Dunlap

The British guy that crossed the ocean and crash landed in central Pennsylvania (to quote Greg Keelor, “And I wonder what am I doing here?”). As the youngest of four siblings, exposure to music from a very early age nurtured my passion and appreciation for many musical genres. Continuing to discover some amazingly diverse and talented musicians based in Canada, I gravitate to live music experiences and remain devoted to spreading the word about such a vibrant music scene.

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