Benjamin Booker extended music video and live dates - O2 Academy, Liverpool
In a double-length video for two songs from his debut album, the punk-influenced blues singer struggles with civil rights issues that we can’t seem to settle.
“We've all got iPhones and are talking about taking people to Mars, but look at how much we haven't changed. The ‘future,’ a time when all this violence and hatred is looked at as barbaric seemed so far away to me.” – Benjamin Booker
In a new extended music video featuring the tracks “Slow Coming” and “Wicked Waters”, Benjamin Booker moves through a single day multiple times on a loop. Ann Powers at NPR Music describes the short film as “a kind of mash-up of Selma and Beasts of the Southern Wild, with Booker as an unwilling time traveler drawn into an incident of racist violence recalling both the segregated Deep South and current controversial police actions.”
Via NPR Music’s The Record you can watch the short film HERE and read the full QandA between Benjamin and Ann Powers about its themes.
"Contemporary issues that the video references are repetitions of events we have watched happen many times before," Director James Lees explained. "We seem unable, as a society, to break this loop."
Forthcoming Tour Dates
28th May – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival
4th June – Hunter, NY – Mountain Jam
5th –7th June – New York, NY – Governor’s Ball
11th - 14th June – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
8th July – O2 Academy, Liverpool UK*
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