The new single from The Stranglers is a tribute to their late bandmate Dave Greenfield.
The Stranglers have shared their official video for And If You Should See Dave….
Over the course of two years at their own studio in Somerset and in southern France with regular producer Louie Nicastro, JJ Burnel, Baz Warne and Dave Greenfield worked on eight of the eleven tracks which are due to feature on the new Stranglers album Dark Matters, but following the sad passing with Covid-19 of Greenfield last year, this single in particular highlights what subsequently became a loving tribute to the band’s long-time keyboardist.
“We wanted to create a feeling of space, after all one of us was missing,” Burnel says. Dave was a bit of a petrol head, he loved fast cars.”
“The only time we made a video with a car was when we were in L.A and with the help of a Hollywood cameraman and a Stranglers’ friend, Dave Stump, we drove around the city in a 1964 Ford Mustang.
“That was the video for ‘All Roads Lead to Rome’. It felt appropriate to use that west coast psychedelic feel of the music to convey the mystery of Dave.”
“I was 8 years old when I first heard The Stranglers, on a cassette with a mix of punk-rock music that defined my musical tastes,” the promo’s director Vadim Lasca adds.
“Having the fortune of working with The Stranglers has made me reconnect with my roots, not to mention the honour and responsibility of doing it with a song as personal as is this tribute to the great Dave Greenfield.”
“I couldn’t be more honoured to be a part of this project for The Stranglers and Dave.”