THESE ARE POWERS premiere Chinese Ghost Festival-inspired video for Easy Answers, Plot China Tour in JulyPosted by legacy on June 17th, 2009
The video for THESE ARE POWERS’ song “Easy Answers” was jointly inspired by the annual Ghost Festival held every August in China and the Chinese folkloric tradition of burning joss paper after the death of a relative or loved one. Joss paper has long been burned ceremoniously as an offering to the dead, representing all of the worldly goods that spirits may desire in the afterlife, including intricately detailed miniature paper replicas of mansions, BMW convertibles, laptop computers, karaoke VCRs, and large denomination “hell bank notes” or “ghost money.”
Once burned, these items are believed to join the deceased loved ones in heaven, and for lost spirits who still roam the land of the living, small paper boats and lanterns are bought and released, which signifies giving direction to these restless ancestors.
Meanwhile, These Are Powers will be bringing their soundtrack for the future peace movement to China for nine dates that include a residency at Beijing’s D-22 Club with additional dates in Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuhan and Tiajin. Sharing the bill on select dates with Carsick Cars – pioneers of China’s developing “No Beijing” scene – These Are Powers invitation to perform in China arrives at a crucial time as contemporary artists, modern composers and rock musicians in the world’s most populated nation are experiencing a revival after years of suppression from the communist authorities. See a list of tour dates HERE.