Everyman St John’s is Manchester’s newest, hotly anticipated, independent cinema venue.
Everyman creates innovative bespoke experiences in each of its 30 independent cinemas, including its annual Everyman Music Film Festival every spring, album launches, performances, live broadcast arts events and parties, and a focus on creative design.
So it’s the perfect place for a very special premiere.
Electro-pop trio and 6 Music favourites Stealing Sheep have teamed up with pixel animator Emily Garner aka Pastel Castle to create a video series to accompany their latest album Big Wows, which was released by Heavenly Recordings earlier this year.
Pastel creates a video odyssey that links the songs to retro games and arcades, in a glitchy ‘pixel’ multi-verse, where Stealing Sheep appear as various characters including tamagotchi pets, cyber fairies, super heroes and Zelda inspired avatars.
“We’ve been virtual friends with Pastel (Emily) for a while and we always love what she’s posting online,” say Stealing Sheep.
“We loved listening to her music, watching her animations and seeing her game designs. She did a cute video for a Liverpool punk band called Eye Saw and the Jinx which had some funny satire stuff going on, it felt very on point and witty.
“She has a positive, glistening energy that really stands out and she has pink hair and loves Adventure Time so we knew we were made for each other! We were really excited that she said ‘yes’, she’s brought so much to the album, it’s like having a new band member. She’s our hero.”
“All of the videos have been built digitally frame-by-frame at my home animation studio in Leeds,” says Pastel.
“I tend to consume a lot of sugar and chocolate while working, especially on long 10-18 hour animation shifts. I also tend to rinse full cartoon series from start to finish during animation work (recently including Neo Yokio, Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, My Little Pony, Rilakkuma and Kaoru, Attack on Titan, Tokyo Ghoul and Pokemon Indigo League).”
The Stealing Sheep BIG WOWS Video Series premieres on Wednesday 13th November at 6.30pm as part of this year’s Design Manchester, the biggest design festival in the north and features live ‘sing-along’ karaoke hosted by Stealing Sheep, a Q & A with the band and director plus after party DJ set.