On July 31, Tom Waits posted to his website a very strange image of himself dressed as a pirate, with the note: “Coming August 7.” Following two additional cryptic clues– “I Breathe Better Underwater” and “Never Bring a Gun to a Spoonfight”– he’s revealed the new cinematic clip for his wartime track “Hell Broke Luce” off 2011’s Bad as Me. It’s directed by Matt Mahurin and pictures Waits dragging a house over his shoulder and wearing a gas mask, as well as some menacing eagles and other bits of curiously stunning imagery.
Of the clip, Waits offered the following statement in a press release, poking fun at those who assumed he would announce a tour:
As most of you guessed, it’s a tour…a tour de force!
Matt Mahurin has created an apocalyptic war dream to accompany the song HELL BROKE LUCE. Kathleen and I envisioned it as an enlightened drill sergeant yelling the hard truths of war to a brand new batch of recruits. The video grew from the gnawing image of a soldier pulling his home, through a battlefield, at the end of a rope.
I think you will agree, it’s uplifting and fun.