Preoccupations are closing out 2016 with a video of epic proportions, unleashing the visual accompaniment for “Memory.” The song, which features Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade, is the cornerstone track from their recently released critically acclaimed self-titled album. Watch here
Directed by award winning director Kevan Funk who tells NPR the story was loosely based off the story of Mohammed Bouazizi, the Tunisian street vendor who, after years of harassment by police, lit himself on fire in December 2010, in the middle of traffic. It was an act of protest that some say triggered the Arab Spring.
Funk explains “I don’t mean to sound dark, but there’s something poetic about a fire burning inside someone so intensely that one day, it actually physically manifested,” Funk goes further saying “You ask yourself, how much pain can we take? How much control do we have?”
Funk collaborated with the band’s Michael Wallace who stars in the video With the song being about the loss of mind, the short takes us on a journey as we watch someone get lost inside his own head and gradually lose the ability to define what’s real from what has been constructed. Matt Flegel from Preoccupations told NPR it took them two years to finish “Memory” as the song and the band endured several iterations. The final version feels appropriately epic. “It’s an even keel followed by mania and depression,” he says, characterizing mania as dancing rhythms and depression as drone effects. Dancing, droning. Dancing, droning”.
The band are finishing up an extensive world tour but are already looking to more live dates in 2017, including Primavera Sound Festival which was announced yesterday. The live show adds another dimension to the songs and has to be experienced. The Guardian in a recent live review wrote “It’s a blisteringly intense form of release.” More North American dates will be announced in the new year.
Kevan Funk is an award winning filmmaker, who’s work has screened and won awards at various prestigious festivals around the world. His debut feature, Hello Destroyer, premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival to acclaimed reviews. His debut short, A Fine Young Man, premiered at TIFF and won the Grand Jury Prix at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Kevan’s short films Yellowhead and Bison both premiered at TIFF, the former being awarded a Special Jury Prize, and both were named to Canada’s Top Ten in their respective years. Kevan’s short Destroyer, created through the TIFF Talent Lab, was runner-up for the RBC Emerging Filmmaker Award.