Pam Autuori and Jacob Schreiber were practicing music with each other long before they ever played as XNY. The two were neighbors, sharing a wall that they would later immortalize in the title of their debut record as a band, Through the Wall. Combining Schreiber’s jazz interests (and romanticized notion of the starving artist) with Autuori’s solo experience (she opened for the likes of Ani DiFranco and Ryan Cabrera), the album is a study in two musicians learning each other’s sound.
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The video for “Jaw,” from their most recent album Orange, shows just how well it all worked out. Shot from a variety of interesting angles (a number of ground-up shots, odd placements on the drum set, one through Autuori’s thrashing hair), the camera frantically follows the duo as the play on a rooftop, capturing the energy and chemistry for which they’ve been praised.
“We recorded our album Orange (produced by Brian Viglione) with one main goal in mind: To transfer our on-stage energy into a refined yet primitive album,” says band member Pam Autuori.”When brainstorming ideas for our debut music video, ‘Jaw’ (directed by Raber Umphenour), we wanted to translate that same energy into film. ‘Jaw’ gives the viewer an inside look at what we see when we are performing, mercilessly pushing you into the performance while simultaneously keeping you at a distance. Oh, and let’s not forget… It was 18 degrees out, on the top of a 7 story building.. snowflakes, goosebumps, and all…”