Massive Attack have shared a new film that sees the Bristol group addressing the climate crisis and how it has been impacted by live touring across the globe.
The new offering from the trip-hop pioneers is a collaboration with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research – which previously teamed up with the band in 2019 to explore new ways of reducing the carbon footprint of touring.
One original plan included a low-carbon show this year, which was scrapped as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The film, directed by Anthony Tombling Jr, is narrated by Massive Attack’s Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja and features narration from a selection of influential voices.
They include Liverpool’s director of culture Claire McColgan and green energy pioneer Dale Vince – the owner of football club Forest Green Rovers.
Discussing the future of touring, the Tyndall Centre’s Carly McLachlan calls for an end to drive-in gigs after the pandemic.
“We need to be careful that we don’t reassemble after this period with things like [drive-in gigs] baked in. I think it’s a really critical moment to make sure that as we rebuild the sector—as it comes out of this period of crisis—that we do that in a way that gives it long-term sustainability,” she says.
The project, which was recorded in three different cities during lockdown, sees the three tracks accompanied by mind-bending visuals typical of the group.
In April, they also donated £10,000 to a crowdfunding campaign aiming to supply free meals to NHS staff and other frontline workers in the fight against coronavirus.