Mr Ben & The Bens are a British, Lancaster-based band led by Ben Hall. Their music is inspired by bands as Belle & Sebastian, Teleman, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci. They announced the release of a new album. Life Drawing is out on July 10th via Bella Union. “On The Beach” is a new excerpt and it comes with the official animated video.
Ben Hall says: “The plot of the video was created around a line from the song, ‘On the beach, wade between, sighing skulls I knew’. This is loosely based on the rivers Styx and Acheron that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead in Greek Mythology. It’s said that when your soul passes through if you didn’t have a coin to pay the boatman you’d wander endlessly on the shores of those rivers. In the film the spirit of death wanders a landscape littered with remnants of a ‘human’ civilisation looking for somewhere to travel to next. Lockdown is a great opportunity to explore a new medium with plenty of time indoors, so I taught myself how to animate this film with a few tip offs from my pals and really enjoyed the process.”