Art rock heroes Art Brut are back with a new video for their latest single Your Enemies Are My Enemies Too. It’s a riotous piece of tongue in cheek pop rock, in the band’s inimitable style.
The video sees Art Brut frontman Eddie Argos and comedy legend Tony Slattery as an estranged pair of retired comic book foes who bond over their shared enmity for fellow comedian Michael Legge’s squeaky clean Captain Fantastic character, with relentless pop sensation Helen Love providing the rousing radio voiceover that kicks off the video.
The Alcopop! Family were brought together as it was directed by long-time collaborator Ben Pollard, who says of the concept for the video: ‘Sometimes your enemies aren’t the villains in the dark capes and masks. Sometimes your enemies are an unseen threat. Sometimes your enemies are the unknowing products of the ever-changing world around them. Sometimes your enemies are the enemies of your enemies. Sometimes you have to do things you swore you’d never do to take your enemies down. Enter our protagonist Mr Brilliant and his defiance of accepting his new place in the world. Tony Slattery was great to work with. I’m very grateful to Alcopop! Records for once again backing up my ideas, and to Eddie Argos for never once complaining when I packed him into a tiny cramped space and said ‘now turn to the camera and laugh like a freak’.’
It’s lively and brilliant, and like all Art Brut songs, addresses a very relatable issue in a left field way.
Commenting on the track itself, Argos says: ‘People in love look out for each other. One of the best things about being in a relationship is getting to double your list of enemies. This song is about that.’
The single is the last to be taken from their new album Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out! out now on Alcopop! Records, their first new album for seven years. Produced by award-winning folk musician Jim Moray, Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out! is Art Brut at their pop band best, exploring their most accomplished and innovative work to date.
The band will be touring in Spring 2020 with The Subways, who are celebrating 15 years since the release of their debut album Young For Eternity.