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iN VIDEO: Local music video makes Kamloops look like California

This screenshot from the new music video 'Malibu' by Kamloops' own 'Lostboys' features Gray Baker (centre), and Talis Pittman (left) on the beach near the South Thompson River.
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January 05, 2019 - 5:30 PM

KAMLOOPS -  The song is called 'Malibu' but if you have spent any time at all in Kamloops you might recognize some landmarks.

The sunny skies and low water levels on the Thompson River in late September 2018 made for a beach-like location. But then you see the band walk down Victoria Street and dance in front of the mural behind Zack's Coffee, then you know where we really are.

The local band, called 'Lostboys', released their music video yesterday, Jan. 4, along with their second album, 'Teal and Orange.'

Gray Baker is one of the five artists that make up 'Lostboys.' Baker is the first one to sing in the video followed respectively by Talis Pittman, and Brandon "stayyoung" Ghostler. Tyler "Relyt" Wightman, and Diego "Kamex Swiss" Flores complete the ensemble.

"It always seems the songs that do the best for you are often the easiest ones you ever make," Baker says in a phone interview. "In this case it was almost effortless how it came together."

Baker recalls making music with the band when he came across the main riff, then he looked to Wightman who ended up working with the melody, adding the drums and bass.

"I said, 'Tyler... we could do this today. We could cook this beat up right now,'" Baker recalls. "And that's exactly what we did."

At this stage in the game Baker says audience reach is more important than making money. "We just want people to enjoy listening to our music as much as we enjoy making it."

'Lostboys' already have another projects in the works, and are looking to do more music videos.

'Teal and Orange' is available on Spotify, SoundCloud, and Apple Music.

The videography was done by John Bantock, a video producer with Thompson River University.

— This story was corrected at 10:24 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2018 for a misspelled name.

— The photo caption of this story was corrected at 10:14 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2018. A previous version incorrectly stated the location of the photo.

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