Published Oct 17, 2017Theatrical Toronto folk ensemble Lemon Bucket Orkestra will deliver their latest LP If I Had the Strength next month, and they're teasing its arrival with a new video for "Freedom."
The clip was directed by the band's own Michael Louis Johnson (with Mark Cira serving as director of photography) at a warehouse in Toronto, following the band's all-night trip from Quebec. Without any sleep, they donned their best suits, cracked open a bottle of tequila and let the cameras roll. The song itself features verses from a Russian prison ballad and a Ukrainian folk song, and the accompanying visuals attempt to capture the same mysterious sense of drama.
"We're in the middle of formalized shady celebration that is interrupted by beautiful yet terrifying guest holding a dubious black lemon," violinst and vocalist Mark Marczyk explains. "Something is at stake but we don't know what. We think the answer might be in her hand. She doesn't care what we think. This is the nature of freedom."
Johnson echoes that sentiment, adding that the band wanted to create "something that presents more questions than it answers, a piece wherein the stakes are very high, but we don't know what's at stake."
Try to dissect the secretive storyline for yourself by watching the video for "Freedom" below.
If I Had the Strength is out November 3 via Outside Music.
11/01 Ottawa, ON – Ecole Secondaire Publique De La Salle
11/02 Kingston, ON – Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
11/03 London, ON – Aeolian Hall
11/04 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall *
11/05 Stratford, ON – The HUB
11/07 Meaford, ON – Meaford Hall
11/09 Richmond Hill, ON – Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
11/10 Guelph, ON – Mitchell Hall
11/11 Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount *
* with Boogát