It's a question we've all asked ourselves at some point: How many people can fit in my apartment for a party? Better yet, how many people can fit in my apartment for a party while my band plays live music and we film all of it? Well Josh Fleming, the lead singer of local punk three-piece the Phuss, actually followed through on it. God bless him.
A keg of beer, a few holes in the wall and 100 cans of PBR later, Fleming got his answer: a lot. A lot of people can fit in his apartment. 120 of them, in fact. The result of the Phuss' little experiment was the gnarly new music video for "I Don't Feel Good," one of the cuts off their upcoming album, On the Prowl.
The video, directed by Johnny Cane, sprouted indirectly from recording sessions for the new record. "At the time I was living in Lakewood in a tiny apartment with Denver Graves, our assistant engineer on our album," Fleming recalls. "We hadn't thrown a party at our place and thought it would be cool to see how many people we could shove in to our 11 x 17 living room.
"As the saying goes," Fleming adds, "if you get a keg they will come."
Simple math tells you that we don't really need to explain much about the video from there; the rest pretty well takes care of itself, keg stands and all.
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There's a happy postscript to the story, as well: Since the video was recorded, the Phuss' drummer Trey Alfaro was involved in a serious bicycle accident when he was involved in a hit-and-run. The band's friends and well-wishers subsequently rallied around him to help cover his medical bills, thanks to a GoFundMe page Fleming set up and a pair of benefit shows coordinated by 13th Floor Music and King Camel Productions. Alfaro recently returned to playing and the band is preparing to head out on tour soon.
"He was so happy to be back on the kit," Fleming says of Alfaro. "He still looks like a hockey player, but after our tour he will have time to have his surgery and recoup."
Party on, boys.