Watch: Villagers – Occupy Your Mind


“In the advent of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, please find attached a song written for you, your mother, your father and your gay brothers and sisters in Russia.”

So reads a Facebook post by Dublin band Villagers, words that accompany the video to their Muse-esque new single, ‘Occupy Your Mind.’

Directed by Alden Volney, the video features the band’s main man Conor O’Brien sat on a theatre stage as luminous, scattered lights beamed onto his face, a faceless captor of sorts overseeing proceedings in the distance. Debuted on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show last night, the single follows on from the release of Villagers critically-acclaimed second album, {Awayland}, and bears a decidedly more political slant than O’Brien’s previous efforts.

In the midst of writing new material for their third album, Villagers will perform at this year’s Choice Music Prize at Dublin’s Vicar Street on February 27.

Watch the video for ‘Occupy Your Mind’ below.

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