Post War Years – All Eyes Music Video (w/ Interview from Tobias Stretch)

“To me, the celebration of life is also about being free of fear, even if it is only for moments.” — Tobias Stretch

London-based indie rockers Post War Years have teamed up with amazing Philly director Tobias Stretch to create this muppet-filled blue-tinged world of weirdness. Stretch, known for his stop-motion animations and work with puppet characters, took the time to answer a few questions, which you can read below the video.

 

 

How was the concept for this developed? You and the band jointly? Mostly you? Mostly the band?

The band presented me with an idea of an image, a playground swing descends in slow motion towards the head of an alien creature. From this powerful image I was able to create a world around it that also reflected the meaning of the song which dealt with the trials and tribulations of a young person trying to find their way in the big bad world.

 

This video feels and reads like a nightmare which then comes to show itself as light-hearted. Is there any truth in that kind of reading?

Yes, nightmares can be quite funny at times despite the fear they usually elicit. Nervous laughter is the surest sign that an object of fear has now passed. To me, the celebration of life is also about being free of fear, even if it is only for moments. People who have endured traumatic events tend to have a blacker sense of humor, so the lines between humor and fear are always blurry for me.

Are there particular components of the music or lyrical content that you think work best with the video?

The most literal match to the lyrics is obvious in the close up on their eyes in reference to the song title, “All Eyes.” However, I think the best creative interpretation of the lyrics is, “Every eye on the finish line,” as illustrated by the pendulum-like playground swing as a symbol of inescapable fate, that she must face, which we eventually see at the end when she gets on the swing with her new friends. The last image is of her staggering from the crashed van disoriented. This will lead us into the next chapter, so it’s to be continued…

 

Keeping in mind that we are a publication that likes to track influences of bands, is there anything relating to this song or video that might be of interest?

The alien’s name is Gorky (Arshile Gorky was an artist who dealt with a lot of fear) he represents the fear in all of us, that we must embrace in order to overcome it and grow, because in the end most fears are just silly, love is the answer.

 

Credits

Band – Post War Years
Director – Tobias Stretch
Producer – Skin Flicks
DP – Mitch Martinez
PA – David Popolow
Sculpture, Costume – Jenny Lee Maas
Animatronics – Luna’s Puppets, Scott Gurten
Wardrobe – Rachel Nachmias
Actress – Arianna Conover
PA – Jamie Rose
PA – Nick Dronick

Written by
Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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