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Made in a garage, stop-motion music video premieres at Kentucky Theater

A still from the “Fast Asleep” music video. The music video will premiere Thursday night at the Kentucky Theater.
A still from the “Fast Asleep” music video. The music video will premiere Thursday night at the Kentucky Theater. Dave Abbott

After three years of filming and production, Lexington indie-rock band Too Many Drummers will premiere a stop-motion music video for their single “Fast Asleep” following a performance Thursday night at the Kentucky Theater.

Dave Abbott, vocalist and guitar player in Too Many Drummers, began working on the music video three years ago. He said he began “imagining” a music video for “Fast Asleep” in November 2014, and began filming the video in his garage shortly after. He has always been interested in stop-motion, and taught himself how to film stop-motion for the music video, he said.

“What I really dig about it, it’s such an analog, imperfect art form,” Abbott said of stop-motion. “There’s something really organic and appealing about that.”

The final music video is made up of 10,920 individual frames and is more than eight minutes long, he said. It features the band members as robots that Abbott drew and then created using 3D printing.

The process of making a stop-motion music video involved a lot of “trial and error,” but Abbott said he learned along the way.

“I’ve kind of learned over the years that you can accomplish big things if you just keep taking small steps and you just don’t stop walking,” Abbott said. “Eventually, you end up at a cool place.”

Abbott launched an Indiegogo campaign earlier this year to help fund the music video production and to raise money to reserve the Kentucky Theater. Abbott wanted to “swing for the fences,” he said, when planning to premiere the music video, and he thought the Kentucky Theater was the place to do it. The campaign raised over $1,000 from 26 contributors, enough to reserve the theater for the premiere on Thursday night.

“I’m really just really grateful and humbled by that,” Abbott said of the successful campaign.

The music video uses green screen technology to make band members’ faces appear on robots. It also features video of the band’s friends, family and supporters.

“Things with the band changed over time,” Abbott said. “A couple of guys moved on.”

Because of that, the band was left without a bass player robot in the music video, he said. Abbott asked friends, family members, fans and Indiegogo campaign contributors to send in videos of themselves singing “Fast Asleep,” and 36 of them will be featured as the bass player in the music video. Abbott’s two daughters, ages 3 and 6, were able to be part of the music video, too.

“It makes me excited to know 10 years, 20 years from now, they’ll be able to look back and see themselves inside the giant robot,” Abbott said with a laugh.

Too Many Drummers, along with Lexington musicians Will Solomon and Scout Anders, will be performing Thursday night before the premiere of the “Fast Asleep” music video.

Anders said he hopes the night will be “like a big party.” A friend of Abbott, Anders said he’s seen Abbott working on the video project over the last three years, calling the set “awesome.” Anders will be one of those featured as the bass player robot in the music video.

Anders and his former bandmate Zac Hamilton will be performing new music Thursday night.

“I think all of us are just really excited,” Anders said.

After the premiere, there will be a “celebration” with cake. Too Many Drummers’ merchandise will also be available for purchase.

If you go

When: 7 p.m., July 27

Where: The Kentucky Theater, 214 E Main Street

Tickets: $5 at the door