Suede has today released their new single and video for Wastelands. The video is directed by Giles Campbell Longley and executive produced by Mike Christie, who also made the video for previous single Life Is Golden, as well as the upcoming Sky Arts documentary, Suede: The Insatiable Ones. The video features 17-year-old parkour athlete Robbie Griffith. Griffith had a viral hit in 2017 when his Trainspotting inspired video ‘Choose Parkour’ received significant media attention, gaining over half a million YouTube views in just over a day.
Speaking about the inspiration for the video, Mike Christie explains:
“When we were talking through ideas, the band brilliantly recalled the finale of the movie 400 Blows as a reference and it rapidly conjured a mood and an idea. This promo is the Suede world response to that: A grim unseen threat in the deserted streets, a desperate flight into the wastelands, and the ultimate discovery of a joyous and unexpected playground offering a surprising yet somehow fitting escape.”
Watch the video for Wastelands - BELOW:
Suede released their eighth studio album, The Blue Hour in September. The record charted at number 5 in the UK Album Chart and was widely heralded by critics. The band recently finished an incredibly well-received run of European tour dates, which included two sold-out shows at the Eventim Apollo in London, described by The Guardian as ‘a tremendous primal celebration’.
Suede’s previous studio album Night Thoughts was released to great critical acclaim in 2016. The record went on to chart at number 6 in the UK album charts. The ground-breaking live presentation of the album was accompanied by a feature film directed by Roger Sargent.