Following a week of cryptic clues from Tom Waits — including Waits dressed as a pirate on his website, and two email teases (“I Breathe Better Underwater” and “Never Bring a Gun to a Spoonfight”) — a new video has been released for ‘Hell Broke Luce’, the standout track from his 2011 LP Bad As Me. The unhinged, Keith Richards-assisted wartime rant has been given a stunning treatment by director Matt Mahurin, in which Waits drags a house over his shoulder across an apocalyptic landscape, filled with curious animated imagery. Many assumed the announcement was going to be a tour, which Waits poked fun at in a press release:
“As most of you guessed, it’s a tour…a tour de force!
Matt Mahurin has created an apocalyptic war dream to accompany the song HELL BROKE LUCE. Kathleen and I envisioned it as an enlightened drill sergeant yelling the hard truths of war to a brand new batch of recruits. The video grew from the gnawing image of a soldier pulling his home, through a battlefield, at the end of a rope.
I think you will agree, it’s uplifting and fun.”
Watch the video for ‘Hell Broke Luce’ below (via P4K).