Liars is ready to go above the rim.
For their latest video, which you can watch exclusively below, the band has given title single off of their 2012 album WIXIW (pronounced “wish you”) an arty, black-and-white meditation on basketball:
Shot by Alex 2Tone (aka What You Steal), the “WIXIW” clip features a man repeatedly trying — and failing — to pull off a slam dunk. “It’s like a beautifully shot black-and-white basketball version of Sisyphus,” said Liars leader Angus Andrew, referring to the Greek myth of a man doomed to roll a boulder up a hill over and over again.
“When making WIXIW, basketball was the only piece of the outside world we would indulge in,” guitarist Aaron Hemphill further explains. “Watching the players in a finite contest, whose performance was validated with stats that showed they either played a good or bad game, provided some sense of relief and envy for us. With songwriting, there is no such way to determine if you did a good job. No rankings or points. No time limit telling you to stop.”
“Here in the “WIXIW” video… we find the world of basketball may not be so clearly defined,” Hemphill continued. “This task is shown with more in common to what we were feeling writing the music than what we were envying on the television screen.”
Or, as the director himself puts it, the clip depicts “the legend of Sisyphus as told by a young ballplayer lost in a haze of codeine and prescription weed.”