We are so honored to finally present the video premiere of "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)" by School of Seven Bells.
As we reported, the song is Benjamin Curtis' final recording before his untimely passing on December 29, 2013, at the young age of 35. In honor of Benjamin, directors and long time friends of the group, Toby Halbrooks and Alan Del Rio Ortiz, created a visually stunning piece, revolving around cross-country road trip stops in Indio and Joshua Tree, that celebrates life while displaying its cyclical and inexplicable properties.
Watching the breathtaking video, you can truly feel the emotion swirling behind those simply stated words "I want my life." Nothing is quite as it seems while we travel through fast-moving imagery conjuring feelings of our own best-life-memories, while contemplating his. "Benjamin always held the desert very close to his heart," Alejandra Deheza comments. "It was a really important place to him. I'm glad we were able to shoot this video where we did, for him."
Throughout 2012 School of Seven Bells were working on a follow up to the critically acclaimed Ghostory. When producer/guitarist Benjamin Curtis was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in 2013, the band took a break for obvious reasons. Today, School of Seven Bells have announced plans to release a new album. Prior to passing, Benjamin had recorded his portion of the record in its entirety, both before he was diagnosed and after, between treatments, and now Alejandra is picking up where they left off, and heading into the studio to finalize the next record.
Watch the video on Culture Collide.
We miss you, Ben.