September Girls have revealed their new video for the song “Catholic Guilt”, shot using 360 degree technology by guitarist and video maker Jessie Ward O’Sullivan. The track is taken from their most recent album, Age of Indignation, which came out in April 2016 on Fortuna Pop!
The song deals with anger towards the Catholic Church, particularly from the viewpoint of being a woman. “The Catholic Church in Ireland still exerts a patriarchal force over women’s bodily autonomy, (evident from our draconian abortion laws) something which would be unthinkable in most other progressive countries. This force is exerted by the same Catholic Church who covered up years of child sexual abuse by its members.” says Jessie.
The song is dark, raw and bleak, and 360 degree video seemed a potent way to encapsulate the feel – the full crew and lighting rig are visible throughout the video, with nowhere to hide. Over the course of the song, the band lose autonomy, being subjected to spotlights, attacked with written messages, and finally, completely tied up and unable to play their instruments.
Director and guitarist, Jessie Ward O’Sullivan, shot the video in a single take using an innovative 12-camera GoPro rig. The tight-knit crew of 6 had to precisely choreograph their every move in order to capture the video in one take.
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