Vug Arakas is the resolute L.A. songwriter—well, originally from Ohio, where they secretly make some of the best rock bands ever—whose painstakingly put-together homemade pop recalls greats like Shoes, the Replacements and even the Mice, and this spontaneously serendipitous song invokes Arakas' characteristically potent mix of resignation, resilience and barely repressed heartbreak from its first Westerberg-ian line: "We're better off this way ..." Arakas will be performing on Sat., Sept. 9, at the Hi Hat with Butch Bastard and L.A. RECORD alum Devon Williams. "Lines of Love" will be released on his forthcoming Restless EP, slated for release on Fri., Oct. 20. As for the way this video found its way to this song, Arakas explains:" /> VIDEO PREMIERE: VUG ARAKAS "LINES OF LOVE" | L.A. RECORD

VIDEO PREMIERE: VUG ARAKAS “LINES OF LOVE”

September 5th, 2017 | News

Vug Arakas is the resolute L.A. songwriter—well, originally from Ohio, where they secretly make some of the best rock bands ever—whose painstakingly put-together homemade pop recalls greats like Shoes, the Replacements and even the Mice, and this spontaneously serendipitous song invokes Arakas’ characteristically potent mix of resignation, resilience and barely repressed heartbreak from its first Westerberg-ian line: “We’re better off this way …” Arakas will be performing on Sat., Sept. 9, at the Hi Hat with Butch Bastard and L.A. RECORD alum Devon Williams. “Lines of Love” will be released on his forthcoming Restless EP, slated for release on Fri., Oct. 20. As for the way this video found its way to this song, Arakas explains:

“They wanted a video for ‘Work Somehow’, but to be honest with you, I was so sick and tired of ‘Work Somehow’ that I couldn’t see any good coming out of trying to release it. I had been seeing a girl, Cassandra Lee Hamilton. A director. Wild at times. But so was I. She dragged me to Mexico once in the middle of the night. I liked that about her. We had been discussing the John Cassavetes film Shadows, particularly the infamous bedroom scene. Look it up if you haven’t seen it. It’s powerful. We decided to shoot a video loosely based on that scene for their precious ‘Work Somehow.’ We got one of Cassie’s friends Melody to play the female role and yours truly to play the male role—if you make it that far in the video, you’ll see me. I had been working on a new song the day that we shot this video for ‘Work Somehow’ when Cassie finally called me over to start shooting in a bedroom at her parents’ place in West Adams. We drank white wine and tequila and Cassie took us back to some dark yet nostalgic places. You could say that the room got to be pretty heavy. We did maybe 8 or 10 takes before the sun came up and we decided to call it. The shoot had left us emotionally drained, but feeling accomplished, somehow. We had SOMETHING. But to me, it wasn’t going to be a video for ‘Work Somehow.’ Months passed. Cassie and I drifted apart. I went off into a strange sort of isolation, sculpting where I wanted to go next with my songwriting. I finally went into a friend’s studio downtown, Ultrasound. I recorded the song I had been working on THE DAY that Cassie called me over to shoot. It ended up with the title ‘Lines of Love,’ and I reached out to her to see if the footage from our little shoot existed anywhere. It did. And she recut the video to ‘Lines of Love’ A video and song that were created simultaneously, in a way. I don’t know what you call that, but I feel like somehow, the lines of the creative blurred with the lines of love that day.”