'OH LORD' MUSIC VIDEO
OH LORD! Can I get an AMEN???
Director Steven Trueba continues at top form, blending visionary location scouting and cinematography with cutting edge editing and after effects. Trueba, who also did the video for the EP’s title track Grimy Gospel, brings us behind the scenes on the “Oh Lord” Video shoot and sheds light on his vision:
“The process for Oh Lord was a creative risk hinging on the day-of coordination and cooperation of random friends and Facebook acquaintances. Luckily (as do most projects with Sam) it turned out exactly as the vision was pictured.
The original idea was to have Sam being carried buy a group of people well floating on the surface of the water. The inspiration came from the liquid texture of the sub in the beat and the way the “Oh Lord” adlibs during the hook sounded very tribal and underwater. As the idea started to take shape and the location presented itself we took the scene deeper and turned it into a creepy baptism culminating with the “somebody pray for me” lines during the bridge
The original counter point idea for the A-roll shot was to have Sam being dragged through the forest on some sort of chair & trailer like king Xerxes from 300 combined with the post apocalyptic vibes of Mad Max. but again as the idea began to materialize we came up with more resources then expected and ended up turning it into an off road caravan .
For me the the meaning of the video is open to interpretation, I just create a vibe based on how the song makes me personally feel.”
LISTEN TO ‘OH LORD’ ON STREAMING:
SOMEBODY PRAY FOR ME!
WILL SOMEBODY PRAY FOR ME PLEASE?
In the song, rapper Sam Shoemaker explores the depths of spiritual depravity, atomization of self and the desperate need for salvation in a post apocalyptic landscape. He says of his lyrics:
“Oh Lord is a song rooted in my direct experiences as a drug addict in a deep cycle of addiction and trauma. I’ve watched artists like Lil Peep and Mac Miller succumb to the beast in the last year and it created moments of reflection that motivated my memory and my pen alike. The hook ‘fuck my feelings I don’t wanna feel shit’ is a playful take on a seriously fatal mindset and also gives the song a catchy line to draw in the listener in hopes that they will pay attention to the rest of the message.”