The Band Explains: Funeral Suits - 'Tree of Life' (Video)

We speak to Greg from Dublin-based four-piece Funeral Suits and video director Shaun Ryan (Crooked Gentleman Films) about their video clip for 'Tree Of Life'. The clip is a beautifully shot portrayal of the 7 deadly sins within the context of current global financial issues.

About The Track: 'Tree of Life' is out now and available via all digital platforms, here. 



The Band Explains
Where was the video filmed?
Partly in a car park and partly in a Victorian house in Dublin.

How does the video compliment the song?
While the video releases from (first album) 'Lily of The Valley'  followed a more naturalistic view, we felt with the band moving in a more electronic direction a video with a more industrial feel, while still retaining the psychedelic trends of the past, would compliment the song and show progression from the previous films Funeral Suits have released.

Any behind the scenes stories?
The day and night we shot in the Victorian house we had worked insanely long hours. To finish off the day I thought it would be good for morale for the cast and crew to get to watch Shaun, tired and broken, naked and afraid, eating a cake with just his face at five in the morning.

Tell us about the ideas/ themes/ imagery used?
The main theme was traditional Sin. From there we wanted to look at - does living life as a witness to sin make us an accomplice to it if we do nothing to stop it? And what toll does living a life in fear of sin take on us? So we follow a man whose life is surrounded in sin that pulls at him in every direction. He rejects sin, accepts superstition and fear. We return to him a broken old man wading towards his deathbed surrounded by spirits. Laying on his back he begs for repentance for the sin he has lived in fear of. The spirits perform the kecak (a tribal dance used for exorcising demons). In his final moment we see a craning image of trees and the sun which is left for an interpretation for the viewer as to whether this is Eden? Or perhaps in his final moment he sees his focus should have been on appreciating the beauty of the world; rather than wasting time on fearing the evil in it.

Interview Feature by Karla Harris

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