March 8th, 2013
Swedish act, The Knife, have debuted the video for their new single, “A Tooth for an Eye”. The song is the second song from their highly anticipated new album, Shaking the Habitual. You can watch the video, stream the entire single and read a statement from the band regarding gender roles.
“‘A Tooth For An Eye‘ deconstructs images of maleness, power and leadership. Who are the people we trust as our leaders and why? What do we have to learn from those we consider inferior? In a sport setting where one would traditionally consider a group of men as powerful and in charge, an unexpected leader emerges. A child enters and allows the men to let go of their hierarchies, machismo and fear of intimacy, as they follow her into a dance. Their lack of expertise and vulnerability shines through as they perform the choreography. Amateurs and skilled dancers alike express joy and a sense of freedom; there is no prestige in their performance. The child is powerful, tough and sweet all at once, roaring ‘I’m telling you stories, trust me’. There is no shame in her girliness, rather she possesses knowledge that the men lost a long time ago.”
(via Gorilla vs. Bear)