Francois Villon’s „summer ballad of poor Louise” is a late-medieval poem, translated into German by the expressionistic poet Paul Zech, reflecting the multidimensional thinking of medieval artists and writers. The overemphasis of emotion and pathos in a story about poverty and war, was most interesting for the band to adapt it in form of a song and of course for us as a music video. Many well-known participants from the Austrian reenactment community came together to make this narrative music video possible, shot in various history-charged locations like medieval outdoor museums and restored castles as well as ruins. The video shows the fate of a woman, living in solitude, seemingly without possibilities for social advancement. She keeps imagining, being a tree in the wind, symbolizing her state of mind, going through better times, becoming a damsel and deciding to end her life as it becomes a frozen nightmare of loneliness again. The video is a reflection about the momentum, minor lucky events can gain in a life of abstemiousness, about the small timeframe that can open up to enjoy life, and the fatal fall after this small glimpse of happiness has been taken away. A lifetime spent in hopelessness, transforming into a state of wary contentment, shattering in the confrontation with the contingent events of medieval every day life.
Behind the scenes what’s noteworthy is probably further our first use of smoke bombs otherwise in use at football matches, protests and interestingly chimney sweepers for testing smoke venting, which was also from whom we obtained them, and the result was oddly enough very fittingly mysterious, foggy and atmospheric. Also there was a pair of young girls constantly running up and down between the celtic extras (actors) ensuring they were provided with ample wine and cervesia, which combined with our constant harassment to get up and dance in the circle aided to the overall frolic and energic mosh pit of ancient audience members. Truly a night to remember.