Volcom Presents: The Picturebooks - I Need That Oooh

Our good friends The Picturebooks just released an album “Home is a Heartache” and we premiered one of their songs “Zero Fucks Given” not too long ago as well. Upon the release of their new album, they’ve just dropped a new video for their song “I Need That Oooh” that features Volcom clothing and filmed by another friend of the stone, Lannie Rhoades. Watch the video above and read a little background below on how the song and video came about.

“I need that Oooh” was written on a parking lot somewhere in wales by a beautiful river. We were on tour with “Les Butcherettes” and I had an idea while driving to Cardiff. I was singing into my phone recording this idea that i just heard in my head. “…I Need That Oooh...Oooh...” and all of the sudden Philipp joins in making drum sounds and stuff. At some point we talked into the phone what we wanted things to sound like and how we wanted the production to be for that song. It’s a 30 minute memo where we completely wrote the song with lyrics and everything right there and then. 2 weeks later we went into our studio/Garage and recorded it in 4 days. The song is about looking for inspiration, looking for that Oooh! Being bored, having writer´s block and all the stuff that comes with it. Like most of my lyrics, the lyrics are improvised. I often just kind of know what I am going to sing about, but then just kind of go with the flow. Sounds like I’m trying to make it easy on me but I think it’s the most honest way to write lyrics because I can’t really hide them behind beautiful words or so and I like to use the voice almost as a percussive instrument rather then having a deep message behind it. 

We shot the video out in Yucca Valley and Pioneertown in California. Next to us performing in the middle of the desert, the video is about us riding our choppers (one of them is a bike that we built ourselves and the other bike belongs to one of our buddies in the US.) In the video, we´re riding bikes, meet this hitchhiking chick, we blow up stuff on the side of the road, getting lost...looking for inspiration, pretty much what the song is about in a way. We just loved the visuals and didn’t want to get too crazy with a story line and stuff. After all none us is a good actor or anything like that. While we were filming though, my dad (who is also our manager, producer, live mixer and camera guy) got hit by a truck when we left him alone for 10 minutes. It was a hit and run. He was just sitting down on the side off the road checking some of his footage he filmed earlier while it happened. He broke 10 ribs, 9 fractions on his spine, he punctured his lung, tore some ligaments in his left knee and cut up his elbow pretty badly. He was rushed to the “Frank Sinatra Hospital” in Palm Springs immediately and we were luckily we had great insurance (which in the US really helps if you know what I mean?) Anyways, 3 weeks later this guy manages to be back on his feet again and with the help from Lannie Rhoades and his team, we finished the video and things turned out for the better.

We’re so thankful for everyone that was involved in the making of this video and we had the best time up there in the high desert. Good times. Life is so freaking weird man.”