Fan-filmed video footage of GOJIRA’s February 15, 2009 concert at Elysée Montmartre in Paris, France can be viewed below (courtesy of “dirrteh”).
GOJIRA has just completed a three-week headlining tour of France and is scheduled to kick off a European trek on March 10 in Leeds, U.K.
“All The Tears”, the animated video from GOJIRA, was directed by Spanish artist Jossie Malis and is “really something that fits what we want to create artistically as a band,” according to guitarist/vocalist Joseph Duplantier. Drummer Mario Duplantier explains: “We first came accross Jossie’s work with his astounding animated films, ‘Bend It To Machine’ and we really liked the way he told stories in a very mysterious and unusual manner. His enigmatic animations deal with serious issues and are yet always permeated with a sense of poetry. We, as music writers, are trying to mix very different emotional atmospheres. We are happy to present a visual/audio work that gathers the sort of brutality of our music with the sensibility of his drawings.”
When asked what the song is about, Joseph Duplantier replied, “It’s all about all the tears that we cry through life. Because life is so hard, the simple fact of being alive is [there is always a constant] struggle. And it’s about that — how hard it is.”
GOJIRA sold around 4,200 copies of the band’s new album, “The Way of All Flesh”, in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 138 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD’s cover artwork was created by Joseph Duplantier, who was also responsible for the artwork for GOJIRA’s previous album, 2005’s “From Mars to Sirius”.
GOJIRA last year shot a video for the song “Vacuity” with French producers Julien Mokrani and Samuel Bodin of Six Pieds Sous Terre Productions. The location of the shoot was in the Basque country where GOJIRA resides. Joseph Duplantier told the UK’s Rock Sound magazine about the clip, ”It is a fantastic, mind-blowing video. The song is about the Buddhist meaning of the word which is emptiness not nothingness, the ultimate presence. It was very hard to picture that concept in a video so we told the story of a girl carrying her own casket as the whole album is about facing your death and your pain. It seemed fitting.”