'My Brain Exploded' is Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men's first single release from Bernie's third album, Doors Wide Open, a self-portrait, he says: "I've given up the H, now just struggling with the ADD, it drives me crazy!." 'My Brain Exploded' is a jaunty exploration of scrambled thinking and relationship negotiation, set to a Latin rhythm. It's a testament to both his own sense of imperfection and to his long-standing relationship with Kirsten Warner, emerging member of his band The Thin Men.
The video features one of New Zealand's most acclaimed dancers and choreographers, Arts Laureate Michael Parmenter in a new role - dancing tango with partner Diana Bain.
Diana is a life-time model - one of the eternally beautiful women.
The little dancer is Ava Mauger, the daughter of DOP Chris Mauger who showed up on the day of shooting in her pretty dress and was an extraordinary dancer, gymnast and screen presence!
The drummer boy is an AC/DC fan who plays drums himself and is son of the Thin Men drummer drummer Chris Kemp.
"The crew are our lifetime friends, they did it for nothing" - says Bernie. "They made it look cinematic with just a smoke machine, some overhead spotlights and a stage. We dressed up in tuxedos and that was that!"
NZ MUSIC MONTH TOUR DATES:
Saturday May 12 - Waitakere Library, Auckland (*)
Thursday May 17 - Point Chevalier Library, Auckland (*)
DOORS WIDE OPEN TOUR DATES:
Friday May 25 - The Refinery, Paeroa*
Saturday May 26 - The Incubator, Tauranga*
Sunday June 3 - House concert, Napier (PRIVATE event)
Monday June 4 - Acacia Bay Community Centre, Taupo*
Sunday June 10 - The Rogue Stage, Rotorua*
Friday June 15 - Kumeu Live, Auckland*
Sunday June 24 - Kauaeranga Hall, Thames*
Friday June 29 - Meow, Wellington*
Saturday June 30 - St Peter's Hall, Paekakariki*
Friday July 6 - The Great Southern Tuning Fork, Auckland **
(*) Free entry
*Tickets on sale now from www.undertheradar.co.nz
**The Great Southern Tuning Fork on sale from www.ticketmaster.co.nz