Placebo are to play Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on October 14 as part of a UK Tour.
The news follows on from their recent release of a cover of Talk Talk’s 1986 hit, Life’s What You Make It.
Brian Molko of Placebo said “We covered Talk Talk’s Life’s What You Make It because it is a song from the 80s that we still liked, and wondered if we could replicate Gwen Stefani’s global smash hit with her band’s (No Doubt) cover of It’s My Life That remains to be seen…”
The accompanying film for the song, directed by Rainbow, was shot in Agbogbloshie, a former wetland in the heart of Accra, in Ghana, which is home to one of the world’s largest electronic waste dumps. It sets an apocalyptic backdrop of first-world waste against the daily lives of those who inhabit this thoroughly otherworldly space.
“I told her that she had balls of steel for actually daring to go film on location in Ghana,” continues Molko, “and that, no, we would not be coming, since we were timid little souls,”
“The two boys in the film live in this extraordinary place,” adds Rainbow. “Which for me, highlights a human’s ability to adapt with incredible strength, resilience, and humanity.” It is a compelling look into a world that few know exists: “I hoped to capture the environment in a dreamily meditative way that would at once juxtapose and yet synergise with the theme of the song, and glimpse at part of the repercussions of our current technological revolution. On the one hand, technology is enabling us to create things beyond our wildest imagination, and yet little discussion has been had about what to do with all our discarded e-waste.”
Expect to hear Life’s What You Make It as well as many other Placebo hits when the band play The Motorpoint Arena later this year. For ticket details call 029 20 234551 or visit motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk