The Sound of Proper man
Kleptomaniac now available.
The Song: The energy of this track is all about losing things but having them hold on to a piece of your heart, be it a past love for someone or something.
In Proper Mans’ case, these boys have all had a past history chasing the rock ‘n’ roll dream, and like most musicians they have had the music scene chew them up and spit them out. Despite this, Proper Man has found a way to discover music again through a style they had never previously played or experienced. With an 80’s new wave sound, Proper Man hopes to bring feelings of the past back to the listener and remind them of a time when hearts broke and dreams were created.
Heritage sites were used to lend this 1920’s themed production a true authenticity. No professional actors were used in this shoot - just friends and family enjoying cocktails under the guidance of Producer Brody Ratsoy (Kustom Kut Productions) and Directors Stephen Berrill and Jacob Harris (Brass Tacks Films). The cast stayed in costume long after the shoot was over, finding it hard to leave their characters behind.
The video for Kleptomaniac was shot in British Columbia’s interior, known as the Okanagan Valley (home to Proper Man), where front man Jason “Norm” Parkes is also a well known fixture in the BC wine industry. Jason has taken his punk rock musical personality and applied it to his winemaking craft, while leading the charge on wineries like The Hatch, Burnt Timber and Ingenious World Winery. He also owns his own winery, “Crown and Thieves”, where he is determined to have a stage area for random performances by Proper Man, where Jason’s motto is “Screw the cheese; pair the wine with Proper Man’s music.”
About Proper man
The Proper Man frontman, Jason Parkes, and guitarist, Petri Nieminen, spent a lot of time writing music that sounded just like everything else. But when a few too many scotch whiskies made Jason’s words slur together, an English accent emerged that had Petri dancing terribly with excitement.
They were on to something. Rounding out The Proper Man are Nori Wentworth, Travis Saunders, and Justen Gordon, who together create a sound that’s a lot like high school in the 1980’s (or a lot like 80’s high school movies, at least). Their new wave meets punk sugar tunes will have you tapping your low top Chucks and remembering those squishy sweet feelings from back in the day.
As a winemaker, Jason attributes the exhaustion of crush (harvest and wine making time) as the catalyst for most of the songs on the band’s new album. “There was not a lot of thinking involved, during crush you’re too tired for that. I went with my gut, and back in time to the early 80’s, to high school and hanging out in my Italian friend’s parents’ wine cellar.” With every bottle of wine made by this winemaker / songwriter attached to a The Proper Man song, this album is sure to be complex and satisfying and with a number of high notes.
THE PROPER MEN
Bass / Vocals
Piano / Keyboards / Vocals
"To play a wrong note is insignificant, to play without passion is inexcusable"
Ludwig Van Beethoven