Last week, mysterious visual teasers started appearing on the Internet for something coming from Tom Waits on August 7. My favorite is the one with a pair of what appear to be concrete sharks / submarines trailing the bowler hat wearing gargling troubadour, who apparently breathes more easily when submerged.
Turns out the hints were referring not to a new album or a much hoped for concert tour, but to the Matt Mahurin-directed video for "Hell Broke Luce," a song from last year's Bad As Me, which features contributions from Keith Richards and Flea. Waits conceived of the clip along with his wife Kathleen Brennan. He has this to say about it:
“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 [Brennan, Waits' wife] 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.”