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Like A Motorcycle Have a Funeral for Lost Love on "Dead Finger"

The Halifax punk band used old Soviet film footage for their latest video about heartbreak.

by Hillary Gillis
Sep 22 2017, 2:30pm

Photo by Dmitri Kotjuh

It's far from groundbreaking to say that music is a form of therapy but, when it comes to relationships, it can really help heal the harsh wound of a love gone awry. Typically known for their depravity and debauchery, Halifax four-piece punk band, Like a Motorcycle, transform that past-relationship pain into a melodic, guttural release on their new single, "Dead Finger."

The video for the song features black-and-white cuts of the everyday—from newborns and needles, to beauty regimens and beer-drinking—and ends with a melancholy bride and groom being chauffeured on their wedding day, followed by what could be mistaken for a funeral procession. "It's about a really agonizing divorce one of us went through a few years ago," says guitarist/vocalist kt Lamond. "Often—especially in a small fishbowl-town like Halifax—your creative process is really the only resource [in] situations like those. It's a candid reaction to that feeling of betrayal, and I think because of that rawness and honesty, it's one of our most powerful songs."

Lamond, who also edited the video, says the video footage is taken from Man With a Movie Camera, an experimental Soviet film from the 1920s by Dziga Vertov. "It was a silent film meant to be accompanied by live music in theatres. Something about scoring the video, almost 90 years later, with a punk rock song about lesbian divorce strikes me as hilarious."

"Dead Finger" is the third single off Like a Motorcycle's debut full-length album, High Hopes, via Groundswell Records/Rookie Records.

Watch the video below:

Hillary Windsor is a writer living in Halifax. Follow her on Twitter.

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