Today Paste Magazine premiered new video of She Keeps Bees. It's for "Greasy Grass", song from their Eight Houses album. The idea for this clip came from Canadian artist director Mallory Amirault. We are glad that this politically driven, stomping tune is getting a new spotlight.
"Greasy Grass" recalls the blood-splattered, controversial war hero status General Custer earned during his "last stand" at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Although the outcome of this event couldn't stop the white man's "progress": "the Western world surrounding indigenous people, taking their natural resources, destroying their sense of self." as Jessica Larrabee once put it. And natural resources, oil / water, is what Mallory Amirault refers to artistically within the clip.
The strong message of "Greasy Grass" fits well with She Keeps Bees' most recent releases "Our Bodies" / "Head Of Steak". Learn more about the idea, background and production from Mallory Amirault's website
Mallory Amirault about the video: "Initially, this project followed the concept of “eating the bullets of warfare” to highlight an Indigenous resilience to violence as it relates to oil and water. Moving forward to the technical rebar of this concept, I quickly realized its strength was on paper as a metaphor, rather than its symbolic rendering on screen. Thinking of the film as a poem, I worked to refine the elements already embedded in the project and in our props to push the concept into something metaphorically stronger for the screen. The peaceful confrontation against oil and the affirmation of water was upheld, as our consumptive relationship between these two resources was distilled into a shot list that allowed for the lighting and props to do the heavy conceptual lifting.
She Keeps Bees are currently working on a new album, a follow up to Eight Houses.
This fall they gonna head on a US Tour, together with Benjamin Booker.
See all dates here