Rotifer: From left to right: Mike Stone, Robert Rotifer, Ian Button. Photo © Sophia Di Martino.
“I wrote this song out of sheer anger, no thoughts about reviving the protest song format or anything, just wanting to get things off my chest about all the stuff you hear everyday that makes you go “Aaaaarrrrggghhh!” at the radio.” says Robert Rotifer of brand new track I Just Couldn’t Eat As Much (As I’d Like To Throw Up).
Having written the tune around a crude translation of a famous quote by the Jewish German expressionist painter Max Liebermann, Rotifer set to work using black felt tip pen, a nib and black ink, crayons, pastels and charcoal to create the illustrations that would accompany the video footage. The song itself is pure jangly summer pop but with acerbic lyrics in which bankers, former Prime Ministers and pompous TV historians all take a bit of a pasting!
Created with video producer Lelo Brossmann, it’s the third time they have collaborated on a video with their previous effort for Rotifer’s The Frankfurt Kitchen in 2009, exhibited at MoMA in New York in an exhibition of historic kitchen design. Their latest work is just as astounding. Check it out below:
I Just Couldn’t Eat As Much (As I’d Like To Throw Up) will be out digitally very soon.
The album “The Cavalry Never Showed Up” will be released on LP and CD through the Gare du Nord Records collective in September. Check out Robert’s Tumblr to see some more info about the pictures used in the video.
Rotifer play Caboose in Ramsgate on June 28 and support The Wave Pictures at the Lexington on June 30.
All words by Willow Colios. More writing by Willow on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.