A Placebo fan from South Africa has made the promotional video for the
band’s latest single ‘English Summer Rain’. Gregoire Pinard – part-time
director and full-time Placebo fan – dedicated 6 months of his spare time
towards creating the intricate animation. Seeing the band’s set at Reading
Festival in August 2003 inspired Gregoire to make the video – which includes
modelling clay puppets of the band performing. Everything in the video was
made by hand ‘from the 127 books on the bookshelf, to the working bass drum
pedal’ on Steve’s model drumkit!
The band were so happy with the final result that they wanted to use the
video to promote their reworked version of ‘English Summer Rain’ which is
released through Hut Recordings on February 23rd. It is the fourth single
to be lifted from their acclaimed fourth album, ‘Sleeping With Ghosts’,
which has now sold over 1.1 million copies worldwide.
The single precedes the release of a full length DVD recorded at a sold out
Bercy in Paris in front of 18,000 people. Entitled ‘Placebo – Soulmates
Never Die – Live In Paris’, the DVD will be released March 15th. It
includes additional documentary footage of the band on the road throughout
2003 as they undertook their mammoth world tour.