Last year Italy’s Klimt 1918 released their excellent album Sentimentale Jugend on Prophecy Productions, which Matt Butler described as “easily Klimt 1918’s best work” in his review. The band now releases their new video for the track ‘Comandante’, which is taken from their new digitally released EP Comandante.
Francesco Conte from the band comments about the video: “Nothing has been easy in the making of Sentimental Judgement. Not even choosing the album cover picture. We fell in love with Dan Witz hyper realistic paintings. Witz is an American street artist, very tied to the New York hardcore scene. Portraits of bodies slam dancing furiously. A post modern version of Bosch Christ Carrying the Cross painting, with those faces warped by fatigue, the sinuous and sensual bodies of the characters. We have been chasing Dan Witz for months, emailing him, asking some friends to try to reach him out in Brooklyn, where he lives and works. It was all for nothing. He never got back to us.
So we moved from that to Alessio Albi’s wonderful pictures. Totally different mood, deliberately different. Another story to tell, maybe more related to the album and his atmospheres. When we started working on the ‘Comandante’ videoclip, in December 2015, we shown Dan Witz artworks to Cosimo Alemà. He was pleasantly surprised by those. There was something really attractive in those pictures of dantesque crowds. You could perceive that time was frozen, a rabid moment stuck in time. A series of fragmented frozen events which impetuously recall movement. ‘Comandante’ had necessarily to be moved toward that mood, reproducing the same tension.
Then Cosimo shown us the old clip of ‘I’m So Crazy by Par-T-One that he had transposed into images. The result was something very similar to Witz’s paintings: he filmed a band performing a fake live show, surrounded by a wild crowd, interacting with each other. We were so excited to work on something like this, without a set plot, aiming to base the final results on two main factors: the chemistry between the actors on set and the exaggerated use of slow motion to give the pictures a touch of surrealism. We filmed on December the 9th 2016, in a very famous club in Rome, with a lot of friends and acquaintances, everybody blinded by the fiery lights of two big movie spotlights. In order to lit the situation up a little bit, Cosimo decided to play the Slayer. South of Heaven turns people into the worst version of them, even someone who apparently is above suspicions. It was just harmony of bodies and souls. Once the mosh pit was lit, its energy was incredible.
We were there, absorbed by the crowd, looking quite like the characters of Christ Carrying the Cross, and we stayed there, guided by that energy, saturated by dusty and smoky air. It was a wild and cathartic experience. People were screaming, falling, beating each other violently. The more we were feeling tired and sore the better satisfaction for Cosimo. When we saw the last cut of the video, Cosimo made us notice how erotic it was, in every single scene. Our exhausted expressions were transposed in a general ecstasy, to underline that passion and suffering are two separate worlds but, once again, they tie in with each other. These two worlds represent the concept of our work.
It wasn’t a mosh pit, it was group love. The same slow motion feeling that inspired us to write Sentimental Judgement songs. No hurry, no truce. Forever.”
The Comandante EP has 3 tracks:
- Once We Were (You Are Here RMX)
- La Notte (Max Varani RMX)
Watch the video for the track ‘Comandante’ here: