They're not exactly a political band, but Thursday can sure make a statement.
The group's new album, War All the Time, draws parallels between the emotional agony of heartbreak and the trauma of war (see "Thursday Deal With Paranoia, Women Who Want To Be Hit On New LP"). The video for the album's title track, conversely, draws on war imagery to achieve aching emotional resonance.
Directed by Marc Klasfeld (Sum 41, Nelly, Foo Fighters), the clip uses war-coverage techniques to create an atmosphere of extreme urgency. Klasfeld uses infrared and green night-vision filters to imitate war footage, and when postproduction is finished, the video will be filled with the type of computer animation that barraged TV screens during last year's invasion of Iraq.
"War All the Time" was filmed December 15 in New Jersey at a location overlooking the Manhattan skyline. It includes scenes of kids walking through metal detectors and sprawled on the floor at a party. Klasfeld's director of photography, a Marine combat videographer who'd returned recently from Iraq, fabricated the heightened realism.
Some of the video's scenes were modeled after the Godfrey Reggio films "Koyaanisqatsi," "Powaqqatsi" and "Naqoyqatsi," which use experimental film techniques to alter natural imagery from around the world.
Thursday are wrapping up a tour of Japan. On January 16 they play the first of seven Big Day Out concerts in New Zealand and Australia. After returning to North America, they'll tour with AFI and Coheed and Cambria beginning February 28 in Atlanta. Dates with those bands will
continue through March 8, but Thursday will remain on the road until July 18, in Denver.