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Jackie and the Robot Uprising

by Daniel Warren Hill

When I spoke with Jackie and the Treehorns bassist, Pat Kehs, I got the skinny on the behind the scenes process for their music video for their song “Robots”, which debuted in June of 2019. This video blew my mind! However, I didn’t have the pleasure of seeing it for the very first time until December. I was blown away at the production (and I’ve been paying special attention to the nitty gritty details regarding video production since Alchemical Records started undertaking the 5×5 Songwriter Showcase video series for Amazon Prime). This music video that captured me by amalgamating some interesting and unique properties. The idea of having another band performing the video was reminiscent of the Blues Traveller’s 1994 radio hit “Run Around”, but Jackie and the Treehorns upped the game a little by having four bands in their video! The band is taking itself seriously as musicians, but not taking itself seriously with its image, much like the Foo Fighters, famous for their tongue-in-cheek videos over the years.

I’m looking forward to getting together with Pat, Steven (Jackie) and Brian so they can tell you the background story of the music video themselves since that will be way more fun for you than my gushing. My question is this: Why did it take six months for me to find this video? I consider myself fairly immersed in the Washington DC music scene (for a guy living in Waldorf, MD). But it took months for this video to make its way to me. 

What can we do to help more artists circulate more great music throughout the community? Do you know a musician that came out with a really unique video and want us to give it a little push towards our other readers? Drop us a line! We will do everything we can to put great fans in front of great music. Hit us up at @chemicalrecords on Twitter or @alchemicallrecords everywhere else and let us know what ya think.

See Jackie and the Treehorns for yourself when they take the stage January 16th at Pie Shop DC with Goodbye July, or find your favorite way to follow the band via their website:

Daniel Warren Hill

Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records. 

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