THE IMBECILES have released a surreal animated video for One Hand Tommy.
Taken from their acclaimed self-titled debut album, One Hand Tommy is its latest single and proves no matter how strange our world seems right now, it could always be stranger…
In a blitz session of blood curdling vocals, disarticulated fretwork and wickelly deranged lyricism, One Hand Tommy sees The Imbeciles tell us the tale of: Tommy; a child trapped in a dystopian landscape of nuclear annihilation with only a giant killer snake for company.
Collaborating with Shane Beam, their regular animation partner, this delectably unhinged meeting-of-minds conjures a two-minute sensory riot, in a video cloaked with enigmatic symbolism and allegory. While some may detect religious overtones to Tommy’s epic battle with the snake/serpent, other viewers may decipher a metaphor alluding to the systemic problems facing the world today (societal, technological, ecological, viral). The Imbeciles invite you to make your own mind up…
Shedding further light on Tommy, the song’s eponymous protagonist and star of the video; Butch Dante (the band’s rhythm guitarist), says: “Tommy is an almost mythical figure: An Everyman – or ‘Everychild.’ Vulnerable but brave, he represents innocence and hope in a desperate world.”
The video for One Hand Tommy is also an homage to Le Ballon Rouge, the classic 1956 French short. In that film a bright red balloon is the only pop of colour in an otherwise grey, morose post-war Paris. Here, the colour is found in Tommy’s red onesie. The video’s nightmarish finale is illuminated by the transcendent light of nuclear holocaust – all part of a mise en scène that echoes everything from Picasso’s Guernica through to the great sci-fi movies of the fifties and sixties.
Later in 2020, The Imbeciles will be returning to the UK for a string of live dates. With no choice but to postpone their planned spring dates in light of the current pandemic, the band’s rescheduled tour will instead take place between 12-20 November. They will perform at the Royal Park Cellars in Leeds on November 14th.