British post-punk outfit Savages released the video for “Strife,” a song off of their highly-lauded debut album Silence Yourself, out now via Matador/Pop Noire. The striking black and white video, inspired by a murder scene in the novel The Stranger by Albert Camus, features two men fighting on a vacant beach to a tragic end. The video is directed by Antoine Carlier, French director and co-founder of Pop Noire with Savages’ Jehnny Beth.
Foreword by Savages:
"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.
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
Actors: Leo Pochat and Richard Duval
Savages’ Silence Yourself landed on numerous year-end lists, including Rolling Stone’s, Pitchfork’s, The Los Angeles Times’, Village Voice’s, New York Post’s, Stereogum’s, Consequence of Sound’s, and the #1 spot on Urban Outfitter’s list, among many others. The band’s critically acclaimed debut, as well as their compelling live performances, made Savages one of the most exhilarating acts of 2013.
SAVAGES are: Ayse Hassan (bass), Fay Milton (drums), Gemma Thompson (guitar) and Jehnny Beth (vocals)