The new Savages video "flies under the radar" so to speak, meaning that it looks very low-key with its World War 2-style footage of bomber planes, gray factory skies choking the pollution of bomb production and assembly line footage. The song erupts about two thirds of the way through, though, and that's when the clues actually come together.
The video has been playing backwards, and what we've been witnessing is the scene in reverse. We started with the end of the story and watched the bombing mission, but the bombs moved from the explosion back into the planes, the planes flew backwards to where they came from, the bombs moved backward along the assembly line, and the bomb materials returned to the ground as the sone exploded. It's a visual and musical representation of the Kurt Vonnegut novel Slaughterhouse Five.
Savages guitarist Gemma Thompson came up with the concept for the video and said: “This scene would replay in my head and I could imagine it as an animation of lines flowing into each other, much like early hand-drawn animation created to accentuate a musical score. I also thought it was beautiful how Billy tries to right the process of destruction and how this echoed the true story of the character in the song Marshal Dear – Field Marshal Rommel’s attempted assassination of Hitler to end the Second World War which resulted in him being forced to take his own life to spare those of his family. We worked on bringing the character of the factory worker into the fore so that the animation now focused on the role of the woman working in the factory and the bomb itself as she realises her hand in the destruction.”
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