#CMPremiere — The Flamingos Pink's "Best We Ever Had" Video

We're excited to be sharing this video premiere for the track "Best We Ever Had" from Montreal-based rock and roll duo The Flamingos Pink.

This is a live take of the opening track off their recently-released sophomore album, Outtacontroller. The band — Sacha Gubany and Julien Corrado — say the song (and video) is about the connectivity of the past that we can no longer enjoy. It's a stroll down memory lane that reveals how that once, we could all get together, have fun, party, go to a show, rock out, and release. Together. How the band connects to an audience during a live show and everyone has a shared, fun experience through music. The video recalls warm summer nights, the vibe inside a packed music venue and feeling close to other people. If you notice, the footage of the past is (intentionally) more low-fi. As a side note, much of "the past" was shot on an analog video camera. The past is a little "fuzzier", almost dreamlike. This is starkly contrasted with the high-def footage of "the present": the band walking into the empty club and performing on a huge stage, but to no one.

As the band says, "Most people like clean straight lines. The illusion of perfection. The idea that all is in its place. No bleed, all clean. Outtacontroller is all bleed. All tracks on the album were recorded once the whole way through, every time. If it’s not the right take, it’s not the right take. Do it again. It’s a way of life. Almost like skateboarding in that sense. Get up and do it again. It creates excitement, you never know what’s going to happen. That’s why we play."

To celebrate the launch of their second album, Gubany and Corrado rented a venue and played it in front of absolutely nobody in the audience. "We still got a noise complaint though. It ain’t rock 'n' roll unless somebody gets ticked off. We’re definitely getting good at it," they laugh. "Limitations breed creativity, so we’ve been told. 2020 has given us enough of that. It takes a lot of shit for the flowers to grow."

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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