Gnomes in Entertainment: Mr. Gnome’s House of Circles Video!

February 28, 2013 By Jen Stratosphere Fanzine

“Nicole Barille and Sam Meister, otherwise known as Mr. Gnome, are back with a fantastic(al) and fascinating video for “House of Circles” off their latest album Madness in Miniature.  Directed by Sam himself, the video is stunning, scary, and surreal – just like the duo’s music.  Nicole and Sam describe the video as “…a live action interpretation of a sci-fi graphic novel written by Mr. Gnome featuring the dark fantasy characters from the Madness in Miniature cover art.”

This isn’t the first time that Nicole and Sam have delved heavily into the video format to create a compact mini-movie.  They released the wildly whacked out and vividly violent “Vampires” video in 2010 which has racked up over 68K views on YouTube.  That one is *not* for mass consumption, no matter how crazed the public is for vampire fodder these days…

The “House of Circles” video still maintains a violent streak, but it does so in service to the story that unfolds over its 8-minute length.  The narrative is written in the official description of the video at YouTube, but a bare-bones plot synopsis would sum it up as Good vs. Evil, and Life vs. Death.  Yes, those caps are intentional as Mr. Gnome takes on those major themes and artistically renders them with film-quality production in a sci-fi setting that blends live action and computer enhanced effects.

To go a bit more into action-packed detail, The Queen Machine (i.e., Evil) is destroying all forms of life to the point where she’s eating up the sun.  A band of rebels called The Collectors (AKA Good) try to gather pieces of the sun to ensure that Life continues.   The Queen and her minions wipe out The Collectors until only a lone survivor remains with a few pieces of the sun to her name.  This Collector battles The Queen and her army in an effort to defeat Death and restore Life to the universe.


Stark and powerful action sequences ensue, with The Collector being hunted by The Queen’s nefarious army.  Daggers are drawn and arrows are let fly from bows in this medievally futuristic spacescape. Slashes of blood stand out savagely against the saturated gloom of the descending darkness.  Brilliant cataclysms of energy burst from pieces of the sun, illuminating the deep shadowy abyss. The Collector dies and is brought back to life at least once or twice, leading up to a, literally and figuratively, spectacularly smashing ending…or is it a beginning?…

The action in the video is precision-timed to the music, effectively enhancing both the visuals and the sound.  The song itself shifts between lulls and build-ups of dread and tension and an intense rocking out filled with Nicole’s unearthly wailing and Sam whaling mightily at his drum kit.  A stop-start rhythm akin to many a Queens of The Stone Age song creates an uneasy atmosphere that is pierced by Nicole’s distinctive vocals that are sharp and fiery with anxiety and defiance.”

*Originally published on DOA

*“Borrowed” by Harrison of Amish Meth Lab

Mr. Gnome – A (Human) Indie Rock Band


What’s filling the space between your ears these days?

mr3We’ve been listening non-stop to Cleveland, Ohio based (human) band, Mr. Gnome. The gnomish duo consists of Nicole Barille on vocals and guitar and Sam Meister on drums, piano, and  back-up vocals.

Although we Gnome Abode residents have yet to see them in concert, the Internet tells us that hey’ve been blowing up the tour scene. According to a recent interview with the band,

“We’re not an overnight sensation, flavor of the month or anything like that. This tour, though, the work is really starting to pay off. The crowds are singing all the words. It’s insane, surreal,” Barille said. “I don’t know how it happened.”


mr2They played at the 2012 South by Southwest festival and lots of other places we haven’t heard of. Oh! And you can check out one of their trippy music videos NPR! Of all places!

As supporters of all things gnome, I encourage you to check ’em out! Happy listening!

Peace out.
Lil’ Dimwit, Gnomish rap authority

Gnome Band, Amish Meth Lab, Opens for The Smashing Pumpkins!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    [December 11, 2012]

Gnome Band, Amish Meth Lab, Opens for The Smashing Pumpkins!

The All State Arena is proud to present nationally known gnome band, Amish Meth Lab, in concert TODAY at 11:39pm. Tickets are $984.01 and available by sending a wire transfer to a nameless Swiss Bank, who will upload payment to us via blog post.

Oh yeah, and some band called The Smashing Pumpkins is supposed to show up too.

There’s all kinds of hype about this last minute show. Rumors are flying that there will even be hippos in attendance. So what’s the buzz all about?

 “Its music from the heart that hits you right between the eyes.”  – Diablo de Mantequilla, The duck-riding gnome


”It’s hard to imagine another artist on the heavy rock/reggae/folk scene who combines the same concise, deceptively understated, lyrical insight and sometimes devastating wit with such world-class instrumental prowess.”     – Isabelle, The Cabbage Patch


”It’s not just a wealth of musical styles or their smooth and expressive sounds that have made them such fine artists. Their songs, which range from thoughtful to silly to poetic, show that they knows their way around the gnomish language and gnomish culture just as well as they know they way around a bottle of gin.” – Not Timmy, The Monkey

See ya at the show!
McCartney of AML

Is Les Claypool Really a Gnome?


Remember me? I’m the cello player from the gnome band, Amish Meth Lab! You don’t? Whatever. You aren’t very memorable yourself.

As a musician, I’m always on the lookout for good gnome music. One of our newest gnome scouts introduced me to a new song today. It’s called “Granny’s Little Yard Gnome” by Les Claypool.

It’s an absolutely brilliant song! Now that you’ve watched the video, take a glance over the lyrics:

Content to stand alone
Waiting, watching, guarding Granny’s home
His face reflecting simple joy
But he is not a happy
Plaster boy “Careful sonny, not too close
Unless you want a lethal dose Of hardening…”
Patiently waiting for some shade
Wishing he could run away
Suppressing any urge to roam
Such devotion from a little gnome
I once saw a calico that thought he could fly
And then the lanky Doberman that tinkled in my eye
A pacifist by nature, with amble common sense
But if I had my druthers, I’d rather be a fence
Now Granny, she’s a good one, she shines me now and then
And come around this springtime, I’m due for paint again
On keeping Granny comfy, I try and earn my keep
I’m just wishing I had some eyelids, so I could get some sleep

He gets us! He really gets us! All this time I thought Mr. Claypool was a human. But there is no way that a human could write with such gnomish compassion and understanding. No, sir.

I hereby promote the theory that Les Claypool is really a gnome. A gnome in disguise as a human. It’s a very convincing disguise.


Your drummer and resident conspiracy theorist,
Starr The Gnome

Lil’ Dimwit’s new rap single (“Shorty Was a Gnome”) drops TO-day! TO-day, bitches!!!


Yo yo yo so my new rap single’s droppin’ so you betta check it.

Collaboration with Chedda Cheese ‘n shit even though those bastards don’t gimme no credit. I pop a cap when I need a fix. Ya know. Yeah.

Lyrics: [Hook] Three-foot-three, chin with the beard, I bet the whole club thought she looked weird. I didn’t know she couldn’t grow, shorty was a gnome, gnome, gnome, gnome, gnome, gnome, gnome, gnome. Children-size pants, opposite of large, the type of gnome that I would purchase for my yard. I didn’t know she couldn’t grow, shorty was a gnome gnome gnome gnome gnome gnome gnome gnome. [Hook] I had my beer goggles on so it was hard to see which women were the ones I should try to creep, So I headed for the ones that were ugly, that’s how it is when you’re Chedda Cheese. Fat girls come on, skinny girls come on, obese women come on, bulimic women come on. I don’t discriminate, I’ma mack that hoe regardless of her weight. But she was a little bit different, this one I spotted from a bit of a distance, But once I got her into my vision I realized I was really scoping a midget. Oh no, she noticed me staring, she’s smaller than average but that was apparent, I try not to laugh at her tiny appearance, but damn that’s a funny impairment. [Hook] Next night, new club, feeling like the bomb, Trying to get things on like donkey kong, But I couldn’t believe the first thing I saw, Another gnome looking like the ones I have on my lawn. Look around for a minute, now I’m surrounded by 

See yo’ sorry assess at the album signing. Check out.
Lil’ Dimwit The Gnome