Monday, 25 October 2010


Directed by Amir Shoucri, “Taurean Nature” is the second video from New Love, the new album from Former Ghosts. A very sublime profile of self-hatred, it features Freddy Ruppert as Elvis Presley on his day off.

“The original concept was to recreate a complete Vegas-era Elvis spectacle,” says Shoucri. “I planned and arranged the production for months -- lights, stagehands, the works -- at great personal cost, both financial and mental. We hired four hundred extras: a 23-piece backing band with vintage instruments, a stadium-sized audience all done up in period haircuts and wardrobe, and a second film crew "shooting" a video within the video -- just for effect. We even rented an outdoor marquee for the establishing shot. The day before the shoot, Freddy changed his mind. He said: "I'm just not feeling it dude." So we fired the entire crew, most of whom have families to support, and made this instead.”

Amir Shoucri grew up in Los Angeles. In 2008, he directed a short film called Decent People. He currently lives in New York City, where he works as a freelance video journalist.

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