Ahead of the release of their debut UK EP Re-dreaming on May 17, award-winning Swedish trio Deportees have unveiled an evocative, skateboarding-themed video for latest single Time Is The Tiger. Directed by Peder Bergstrand & Mike McMillin, the video was shot in the Californian desert and Joshua Tree national park, following skateboarder and free spirit Mike ‘Trast’ Lopez for two days on an epic solo skate through the desert.
“We wanted to make sort of an ‘Into the Wild’ and ‘Easy Rider’ on skateboard,” says Bergstrand. “A film that captured the song’s themes about escapism and braking free from the mould of everyday life”.
“When I’m on my skateboard, I’m not really thinking too much of things, I’m just kinda… going,” adds Trast. “Feeling the wind. No thoughts. Just getting away from all the normal things… the crazy city life. Sometimes you’re so ahead of yourself and you’re rushing to do this and that… You gotta take it slow. Take your time.” he says, perfectly echoing the themes of Time is the Tiger.
Lead singer Peder Stenberg says “Time Is The Tiger is an homage to the promise of a life meant for something more than to be endured. We wanted the visuals to capture this very longing so when director Peder Bergstrand suggested that they should follow Trast skating through the desert it resonated perfectly with that idea. I’m glad it wasn’t me on the board though, my plastic front teeth are a constant reminder of what a horrible skater I was in my younger years.”
The melodic, propulsive Time Is The Tiger is the second single to be taken from Re-dreaming following lead single Bright Eyes (“a beautifully sketched song” Clash).
Time Is The Tiger was produced by Måns Lundberg (Shout Out Louds, Ariel Pink), while other tracks on Re-dreaming were produced by Pontus Winnberg (from Miike Snow) and Johannes Berglund (The Radio Dept, Ane Brun, Fever Ray).