Fear Of Men – “Trauma” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Fear Of Men are releasing their powerful new album Fall Forever in a few weeks. We’ve heard “Island,” “Sane,” and “Trauma” so far, and today the band is sharing a video for the latter track, which was co-directed by Eleanor Hardwick and Sam Boullier. “For this video we were interested in bringing the album cover to life,” the band’s Daniel Falvey explains. “Exploring the tension in that image and the dichotomy it depicts of intimacy and resistance. Incorporating this image, Eleanor and Sam’s treatment reflects Jess’s lyrics in depicting two dancers grappling with trauma in the form of black liquid that engulfs them.” Watch below.

Here’s Hardwick on the meaning of the video:

We wanted to represent trauma as an oozing black liquid, much like Hippocrates’ four humours. Trauma to me is something like a stain, that is often transferred between beings who pass it on to one another like a disease that cannot be removed. So for the video, we wanted to use choreography to look at two opposing ways one can deal with the trauma that is transferred onto you: by fighting to undo the past, and trying to remove a stain that has already made its mark on you – versus taking that stain and accepting that it will become your future; not denying it, nor being defined by it, but continuing on in despite of it, and using that trauma to your advantage.

Tour Dates:
06/03 Brighton, UK @ Resident Instore
06/08 London, UK @ Rough Trade East Instore
06/10 London, UK @ St Pancras Old Church ^
06/11 Wakefield, UK @ Long Division Festival
06/13 London, UK @ Oslo*
06/14 Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall*
06/15 Glasgow, UK @ CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts)*
06/16 Manchester, UK @ Band on the Wall*
06/30 Washington, DC @ DC9
07/01 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
07/02 New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom
07/03 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
07/05 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.
07/06 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
07/08 Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
07/09 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
07/12 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
07/13 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
07/15 San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
07/16 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House (Viva! Pomona)
07/17 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
07/19 San Diego, CA @ The Hideout
07/20 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
07/22 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
07/23 Austin, TX @ Barracuda
07/25 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory)
07/26 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (Backroom)
07/27 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
07/31 Newcastle, UK @ Times Square Festival #
09/17 Belgium, Antwerp @ Trix
09/18 Rotterdam, Netherlands @ V11
09/22 Aarhus, Denmark @ Radar
09/23 Malmö, Sweden @ Grand
09/24 Stockholm, Sweden @ Landet
09/25 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega (Ideal Bar)
09/26 Berlin, Germany @ Kantine am Berghain
09/28 Vienna, Austria @ RHIZ
09/29 Budapest, Hungary @ A38
09/30 Zagreb, Croatia @ Klub Mochvara

^ Album Release Show
* w/ Wild Nothing
# Maximo Parl, LUSH + more

Fall Forever is out 6/3 via Kanine Records.