Premiere: Watch Chalk's New Video For 'The Sometimes Always'

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Chalk premiere the video for their song 'The Sometimes Always'. Chalk premiere the video for their song 'The Sometimes Always'. Image © Stephen Booth

Brisbane rockers Chalk returned in June with their single 'The Sometimes Always', 24 years after their last release. scenestr got their hands on the video, which we're super keen to be able to exclusively share today.


The band became a favourite of the Brisbane music scene in the '90s, featuring the talents of James Kliemt (singer/songwriter), Steve Swart (bass), Matthew Clark (guitar/vocals), and James Lees (drums), before breaking off to pursue other projects.

In 2014, they reunited at Brisbane's The Zoo and are back in full force.

James Lees speaks about the new video for 'The Sometimes Always'.

“We wanted to do two things – show the passing of time in a different way and use Brisbane as a backdrop, the 'Quiet City' of the album title,” he says.

“We really loved the time-lapse idea to support the lyrics of the song and we have used a mixture of footage from Prax Purple Media, film-maker Peter McGreevy and also some we shot ourselves. I worked with another Brisbane film-maker Edwin Davis on the final edit and we are really pleased with it.”

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Image © Stephen Booth

“'The Sometimes Always' is a letter from myself now written to my younger self from when the band started,” songwriter James Kliemt adds. “I wrote it in the hope that I could somehow pass on some amazing wisdom to the young person reading it back then.

“In the song, I start out trying to make grandiose statements along the lines of the inspirational things people are supposed to say in these situations. But each time it breaks down when I realise my own feelings don't really match up to the heroic things I am supposed to be projecting.”

“In short, it’s about the feelings of loss and a yearning to do/have done things differently but ultimately also letting go of it all.”

Check out the video for 'The Sometimes Always', exclusive to scenestr, below.

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