[dropcap]We[/dropcap] are days away from a Donald Trump inauguration as the 45th President of the United States—and despite “leaks” pointing to the Kremlin’s involvement in his election, half of the country seems complacent in dystopian fascism the future dictator promises to bring. This current realities parallels J.G. Ballard’s and George Orwell’s prescient work to the extent that most of the world’s population seems to have already been to the “ministry of love” and thus wants to fuck Ronald Reagan.
None of this in lost on Craig Dyer of the post-punk band The Underground Youth, as his fingers kinetically probe a type writer in the video for the track Amerika—where he sits against a gritty and distorted backdrop of archived footage of American society highlighting the present, and echoing the past; Corporations buying seats in Congress via lobbyists, market segmentation by race, “religious freedom” to be a bigot, and wars used to influence socio-political issues thousands of miles away from where the bombs are being dropped.
The video for Amerika is directed by Christian Koll.
Amerika is featured on the aptly titled LP What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?