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Savages Score Beachside Murder in Brutal ‘Strife’ Video

Filmed in South West France, clip brings Albert Camus' 'The Stranger' to life

picture-18547-1390524318Kyle McGovern // January 17, 2014

Savages have unleashed an official music video for Silence Yourself bruiser “Strife.” Directed by Pop Noire co-founder Antoine Carlier, the black-and-white visual echoes the beach murder scene contained in Albert Camus’ classic existentialist novel The Stranger.

“We wanted to make a video that focused on a timeless human physicality and physical expression, a search for understanding through the movement, action, and reaction of two characters,” frontwoman Jehnny Beth writes in a blog post. “We chose the classical landscape of the empty beach. A fight ensues between two men: one older, one younger; a tragic outcome, and death.” In other words, it’s standard territory for Savages. Watch the piece above.

The “Strife” clip is just the latest in a series of Silence Yourself clips. The London post-punks have previously shared shorts for “Marshal Dear” (which was inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five), “Husbands,” “I Am Here,” and “Shut Up.”