Savages reveal ‘Slaughterhouse Five’-inspired video for ‘Marshal Dear’

The band's Gemma Thompson came up with the concept

Savages have revealed the animated video for new single ‘Marshal Dear’ – click above to watch.

Designed and animated by UK artist Gergely Wootsch, the concept came from the band’s own Gemma Thompson, inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel Slaughterhouse Five.

According to the Matador Records blog, the video is inspired by a scene in which the time travelling war veteran Billy believes he has become “unstuck in time”. Watching a film about World War II, he sees bombers operating in reverse, tracing the bombs back to the point when they were made in an ammunition factory.

“This scene would replay in my head and I could imagine it as an animation of lines flowing into each other, much like early hand-drawn animation created to accentuate a musical score,” Thompson says. “I also thought it was beautiful how Billy tries to right the process of destruction and how this echoed the true story of the character in the song ‘Marshal Dear’ – Field Marshal Rommel’s attempted assassination of Hitler to end the Second World War which resulted in him being forced to take his own life to spare those of his family. We worked on bringing the character of the factory worker into the fore so that the animation now focused on the role of the woman working in the factory and the bomb itself as she realises her hand in the destruction.”

Savages’ album ‘Silence Yourself’ (pictured) is nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize. It will compete against albums by David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg and Disclosure, among others. The winner will be announced tomorrow.

Savages are on tour in November. They will play:

Brighton Concorde 2 (November 5)
London Forum (6)
Bristol Trinity (7)
Manchester Ritz (9)
Glasgow Classic Grand (10)
Leeds Vox (11)

To check the availability of Savages tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765.