Industrial rock veterans Filter have shared a chilling music video for “Mother E,” the intense second single from their seventh studio album, Crazy Eyes. Watch it above, via Filter’s YouTube.
Frontman Richard Patrick discussed with CLRVYNT about how tragic events that took place in Poland during World War 2 inspired the Lukasz Pytlik-directed music video:
This crazy video, my man Lukasz [Pytlik], he kills it on that video. The first idea was just to go full-on making it about Dylann Roof, ’cause Mother Emanuel’s the church where he did it. Like, a song from his perspective — what does insanity mean? What does insanity, crazed hatefulness look like? “Mother E.” And I’d done that a couple times: “Hey Man, Nice Shot” inspired by Budd Dwyer. So, I’m used to doing stuff like this. It’s not a love song. [Laughs] We’re not worried about our demographic. But the video, I asked Lukasz, we found him, and just said, “Make a short film about whatever you want to do, what you feel like the music is about.” We were thinking potentially “Nothing in My Hands” or “Mother E,” and we both decided that, as a piece of art, “Mother E” sounded better as an idea for the video. And the video is [a] father comes back to his worst nightmare. He’s a hunter, he’s providing for his children, they have a pretty decent life, and then these Russian soldiers are walking through and they take advantage of what they found because they have guns. War crimes, that kind of thing. It’s actually inspired by events that happened in Poland in WWII. So, I just wanted him to make the video he wanted to make.
Beginning with a rising chant of “I’ve got my reasons and my reasons are sound,” Fitzpatrick lets out a maniacal scream before the industrial heaviness of the song kicks in. Midway in, a soft breakdown with sympathetic violin accompanies hushed vocals before an eruption of instruments blasts your eardrums. Fitzpatrick has been a touring guitarist in Nine Inch Nails, so it comes as no surprise that there’s a hint of NIN’s sound.
Crazy Eyes is on Amazon. The Richard Patrick-produced LP includes a lineup featuring guitarist Oumi Kapila, bassist Ashley Dzerigian, drummer Chris Reeve and keyboardist Bobby Miller.
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