Savages have just released the newest literature-inspired video for their song "Strife," a track from last year's Silence Yourself. The video sees a brutal brawl on a beach in France, loosely based on the notorious murder scene in Albert Camus'The Stranger. The song's already violent nature compliments the Antoine Carlier-directed visuals perfectly, almost as if the song was written to score the short film.
Frontwoman Jehnny Beth had this to say about the video:
"We wanted to make a video that focused on a timeless human physicality and physical expression, a search for understanding through the movement, action and reaction of two characters. We chose the classical landscape of the empty beach. A fight ensues between two men: one older, one younger; a tragic outcome, and death."
The video's YouTube description goes on to detail the inspiration and meaning:
French director Antoine Carlier - co-founder of Pop Noire records with Jehnny Beth, who previously collaborated with the band on their artwork - filmed the scene with a modern black & white aesthetic on the beaches of Gironde in South-West France. The film is a play on human instincts and desire for survival, echoing the famous beach murder scene in the novel 'The Stranger' by Albert Camus.
Either a tale from the past or science-fiction, this is an endless story of human struggle. We see the fragmentation between two generations, a subject of predilection for Savages (ref: 'I Am Here' manifesto), where the "young, intelligent and radical people" live in servitude to established elders.
Directed by Antoine Carlier
Produced by Walter Films and Savages
Photography : Thomas Robin
Actors : Leo Pochat and Richard Duval