David Knight - 13th Apr 2017

Sometimes all you need are a bunch of guys in monk's habits and hoods wearing LED masks, and some smoke. Directing duo Brain Wash prove as much in their atmospheric and hypnotic video for Shobaleader One - the 'live band' side project of Squarepusher.

And as Brain Wash reveal below, the cover of Black Sabbath's Paranoid was definitely an influence. DoP Yiannis Manolopoulos's cinematography establishes the mood. And those LED masks, programmed by Zak Norman, are very cool indeed.


"The concept was to build on some of the ideas generated in the album art of the LPs gatefold which tells the story of the four Shobaleaders returning to Earth under the instruction of their guiding principle and unifying force 'Elektrac'. We wanted to make something mysterious and moody that subtly built on the band's lure and mythology by showing them arriving to Earth and attempting to recontact Elektrac via some indecipherable light ritual. 

"The artwork for Black Sabbath's self-titled LP and some dicy episodes of Doctor Who were our main visual inspiration. We looked for interesting locations that evoked a very British, pagan kind of vibe that we could bring to life with a freaky light show. The idea being to ground these strange electronic lifeforms in an equally strange rural setting to make an otherworldly juxtaposition that would tie into with the melancholy melody of the track.”

PRO Credits


DirectorBrain Wash
ProducerJack Lightfoot
Production CompanyBlindeye Films
Assistant ProducerMatthew Hopper
Production ManagerEmily Vincent
Director of PhotographyYiannis Manolopoulos
1st ACJackie Teboul
Lighting Board OperatorRyan George
EditorDan Davies
ColouristOisín O’Driscoll
Grading companyThe Mill
Director's RepresentationLock It In
CommissionerRik Green
LabelWarp Records
Other creditsMask Programmer: Zak Norman Runner: Kato Murphy

David Knight - 13th Apr 2017

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