Justice did not hold back on this one – their new video is a big budget masterpiece whose closest analogs are major motion pictures (Escape From New York, Rollerball, Any Given Sunday are immediate parallels).
From the band/Ed Banger:
“First, there are tense bodies, focused looks… locker room tension. Out of thick smoke, fighters wearing helmets and armor emerge into the arena. The crowd roars. The combat promises to be merciless. These gladiators practice a new sport that defies all known rules while including them all: baseball, hockey, motorcycle racing, American football, boxing… To illustrate their new video for ‘New Lands’ – the fourth from their latest album Audio, Video, Disco -Justice chose the young Spanish collective Canada.
Together, Canada and Justice imagined a dangerous game of cinematographic inspiration. A one-eyed fighter captures our attention (resembling Snake Plissken in John Carpenter’s seminal Escape From New York). The game fought on a tilted track with motorcycles zigzagging past each other recalls Norman Jewinson’s ultra violent science fiction film Rollerball in which James Caan acquires supreme authority over his opponents through strength and self-sacrifice. The powerful directing rendering the extreme vitality of the sport has nothing over Oliver Stone’s in Any Given Sunday… But the Canada collective didn’t get drowned in these iconic references and imposed its own subjective point of view to embark on a voyage through a certain ultra-referenced fetishism familiar to the Justice imagery. New Lands, new landscapes, new territories. Welcome to another world… ours!”