As far as young Irish talent goes, everything about this music video for ‘Dear James’ from North Dublin based Burnt Out is phenomenal. It’s not often you watch something that depicts a picture as vivid as this; the desolate systematic oppression of working class Dublin youths who are often victims of their own surroundings and the void of community they grow up in – raw and real:
From their press release:
Burnt Out is a project made up of a group of heads from North Dublin, expressing through film, image, song and all else without restriction, the unfiltered local reality they are set in. Working class identity and the unhinged emotional and social violence of the estates set the cornerstone of the message.
Dear James depicts the state of affairs whereby working-class Dublin youths suffer at the hands of the system they are pressured into creating. Lyrically and atmospherically, Dear James presents the tragic reality of a Coolock youth marred with the problems presented to the working class in early-’00s recession Dublin: the pressure of merrit, valid work, social status, and identity. The true story of James recalls the public suicide of a teenager in the midst of these pressures, along with the indelible mark left on a community void of the confidence and foresight granted by stable economy and credible culture. Dear James puts those viewing and listening into the heart of the roads we grew up on, with all the pain, discomfort, and struggle as totally unavoidable to them as it was and still is for us.
An alternative cut of the film Dear James was previously shown in Dublin in June 2015 and in Paris later that year.
Dear James will be followed later in the year by another artwork comprising film, sound and poetry, with a collection of songs projected to appear after that.
– Aisling Abbey