Published Apr 17, 2020While hunkered down in isolation, members of Anyway Gang have shared a brand new music video for their track, "Eyes of Green" from their debut self-titled LP.
Having planned to release the visual effort ahead of an upcoming tour schedule, the band have shared the work early because, as you can imagine, they won't likely hit the road anytime soon due to ongoing tour postponements in the wake of COVID-19. Instead, the animated video arrives today alongside a political statement from the band, rallying against capitalism and its effects on climate change.
Read the band's statement below:
"Eyes of Green" is a song and video about the extinction of humanity. It was written long before this pandemic, and its theme addresses an issue that we must face when we eventually emerge from our cocoons. So today we've decided that we should release the video.
We hope this pandemic is Mother Nature's way of sending us all to our room to think about what we've done. A moment for us all to reflect and take stock, reset and reflect about how we are going to live when things get back to normal.
We'd like to dedicate it to all the healthcare workers and brave humans working at the neighbourhood grocery stores, taking care of the sick and keeping us fed, until we can get to the other side of this.
"Eyes of Green" was animated and directed by Bossie's Anne Douris, who further suggests the clip is a criticism of unregulated capitalism.
"It's suicidal to pursue endless growth," Douris said in a statement. "A capitalist succeeds by cutting costs and gaining wealth. Workers are treated as disposable. The environment, collateral damage. When we're poor, sick or dead (and probably underwater) who will be left to buy the latest birthday cake-flavoured breakfast cereal? It's not just that capitalism can't survive itself (it can't). Civilization cannot survive capitalism. Democratise the enterprise. We're fucked otherwise."
Anyway Gang formed late last year, combining Sam Roberts, Chris Murphy of Sloan, Dave Monks from Tokyo Police Club and Hollerado's Menno Versteeg for a new Canadian supergroup and the release of their debut LP Anyway Gang. The record arrived in November via Royal Mountain Records.
Watch the video for "Eyes of Green" below.