Dan Mangan + Blacksmith’s eagerly anticipated upcoming release Club Meds comes out January 13, 2015 via Arts & Crafts, and to whet your appetite the band just released a brand new video for the album’s lead single “Vessel”.
Steeped in Canadian imagery and symbolism, director Ben Clarkson explained some of the meaning behind the unique visuals:
“It is complicated to open a conversation about the way we depict our history and our identity. Stories are powerful, and the way histories are told often reinforce the power of the powerful. How we tell the story, how our oral, written and visual traditions transmit interpretations of the past affects our behaviour, our ontology, here in the present. I would love to discuss how there are different histories. I believe that the quiet stability that many of us enjoy is a phantasm. I believe we have a great deal of work to do in order to live with one another in a way that agrees with our values (or the values we’d like to have). History is not finished and we must take ownership of it, or others will do it for us.”
The band also released details of their upcoming cross-Canada tour with Hayden and Astral Swans, beginning early 2015, including a stop in Toronto on February 28 at Massey Hall. Tickets go on sale October 24th via all regular outlets, or head over to Gallery AC October 21st at 12pmEST to snag some earlier.