Icelandic anticapitalist BDSM-inspired techno group Hatari have never shied away from social and political topics in their music. And they keep on with the social commentary in their new music video “Klámstrákur” (“Filthy boy”), with commentary on “toxic masculinity, self-image and mental illness”.
“Klámstrákur” is already part of Hatari’s live repertoire and has become a fan favourite. Now fans have had their wish come true with not just a studio recording of the song but also a provocative music video.
In an interview with Metro.co.uk, vocalist Klemens Hannigan explained that the track, “raises questions about toxic masculinity, self-image and mental illness. For me, as the lead vocalist on this song, it’s me confronting shame about not necessarily fitting in, questioning the role that a man in the 21st century is placed into.”
While the song title “Klámstrákur” literally translates to “Porn Boy”, Matthias Tryggvi Haraldson explained that “Filthy boy” is a more fitting translation. “Porn in Icelandic is a broader term, it can be interpreted in different ways. Filthy is more in spirit with the track.”
The music video features Klemens as the titular “filthy boy”. He spends much of the video clad in only his trademark leather BSDM gear and delivers some impressive pole-dancing moves. Contrasting with Klemens is Matthias, who portrays what he describes as the “screamingly repressed masculine counterpart”.
The two play with a similar dynamic that they brought to the Tel Aviv stage, but with heightened differences inspired by the gender-themed lyrics. As Mattias explained to Metro, “We’re always working with the contrasts between Klemens and I. Our two characters work as if they’re coming from the same personality, but on a spectrum — two side of the same coin.”
The “Klámstrákur” single will be released next week on Friday 8 November. Hatari will also perform that day at the Iceland Airwaves music festival. Later in November, Hatari will resume their extensive Europe Will Crumble tour, set to continue into April 2020.