Rock N’ Roll singer Garek released his new video for “Salem” on Thursday, Oct 11th 2018. In an homage to the Salem Witch Trials, the video features Garek atop a mound of sticks, wielding a torch and taunting his assailants, “come for me.”
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Tell us about the concept for the video:
The concept for the video is men’s control over women’s bodies. We filmed the video back in March of 2017, before the #metoo movement began and well before the Kavanaugh hearings. The fact that the issue remains so timely is not a testament to any sort of foresight on my part, but rather speaks to how women have been (and still remain) subjugated to men.
Can you explain a bit further:
The Salem Witch Trials are long over, but we’re still finding ways to destroy women. The village square is now a court hearing. The stones we throw and torches we light are public character assassinations. The stakes to which we tie them are their untried assailants. The ashes, however, remain the same: ruins.
Let’s go into the meaning of the song itself:
The song itself is about standing up for who you are in the face of adversity- even thriving off it. The Witch has always been a symbol of power to me, power derived from individuality, bravery and conviction. In this case she invites her persecutors to light the flames; she relishes it. She would rather die than betray her truth.
We can definitely see a connection to Dr. Christine Ford, what are your thoughts?
I can think of no better metaphor for a witch burning than Dr. Christine Ford’s testimony before the Senate. She ascended her throne of sticks to speak her truth, and we did our best to annihilate her.” The video follows the narrative of a woman impregnated by an anonymous male energy. She flees to save herself and the life of her child, who ultimately betrays her.