Thursday, October 08, 2015

Watch :: The Maccabees - Spit It Out

The Maccabees have unveiled the third video in their Joseph Connor directed trilogy for the track 'Spit It Out', taken from their recent fourth album, 'Marks To Prove It'.

The video takes the viewer on a poignant trip of the now destroyed David Bratby murals in the underpass of the Elephant and Castle roundabout. Picking up on the lead character we last saw disappear into an underwater world during the video to 'Marks To Prove It', he now emerges from this at the start of the video and is followed as he rushes through the network of tunnels which run underneath the Faraday Memorial.

Talking about the work, Joseph Connor says:

"The footpaths under the Elephant and Castle roundabout were adorned with the most stunning, colourful and odd mural paintings. Each day commuters passed these, enveloped by the artwork, they were something unique, something characterful, an important part of the community.

All this has now gone. The current regeneration of the area left no place for the footpaths and as such the murals were deemed surplus to requirement.  What is replacing them will no doubt be more functional but will it be as fun, as unique, as characterful?  I feel that this video is therefore ultimately about loss, a loss of character, a loss of distinctiveness.  It's not necessarily condemning the future of the area but merely looking at what was there and recognising its fantastic individuality something which is not as cherished in London anymore."

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