Listen: The Ballad Of Clayton Looby // Dog Trumpet
Last year, after hundreds of hours finding, scanning, and remastering old surf footage, Jolyon Hoff began releasing it under the guise of The Surf Film Archive.
His original ambition was a website where the digital footage could live for perpetuity - YouTube for old surf footage.
Art begets art, however, and Jolyon has since edited select pieces into a new film 'That Was Then, This Is Now', used the footage as backdrop while the band Headland played live over the top, and now Dog Trumpet have dipped into the vault and made a new music video from the rescued footage.
The collaboration was a classic 'friend of a friend' situation - someone who knew the band, knew someone who knew Jolyon - ending with Dog Trumpet accessing the archive for imagery to the single 'The Ballad Of Clayton Looby'.
"Clayton Looby was a free-spirited larrikin in my year; an obsessive surfer and ratbag. The song references his unconventional pirate life following the surf, sailing, riding motorbikes, living in Bali and spending a couple of years in a Japanese jail. He died a couple of years ago and this song is a salute to his memory and his life,” says guitarist Peter O'Doherty.
Unbeknownst to the members of Dog Trumpet, The Surf Film Archive owe a great debt to Clayton Looby. You see, many years ago, while Clayton was still alive, he was in the back rooms at Spectrum Films, Sydney, and some dusty cans of film caught his eye. Those cans held old Bob Evans footage, plus offcuts from Albe Falzon's 'Morning Of The Earth'.
The former was joyfully scanned by Jolyon and added to the Archive, the latter was reunited with Albe who released it as reMOTE, playing it during The Morning Of The Earth's recent 50th anniversary tour.
So Clayton spared it from landfill, Jolyon scanned it and made it public, where it was seen by Dog Trumpet, who by coincidence used it for a song about Clayton.