Sunday, March 24, 2013

Biting Elbows Scores Viral Smash with Ultraviolent Music Video

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Biting Elbows, an indie-punk four-piece from Moscow, has earned a staggering amount of YouTube clicks over the past four days thanks to the release of its action-packed, tremendously bloody music video for the single "Bad Motherfucker." The clip, subtitled "Insane Office Escape 2," serves as a sequel to their 2011 video for the song "Stampede," and has garnered 7.3 million YouTube views since its release on Tuesday (Mar. 18). Did you love Prodigy's "Smack My B---h Up" video 15 years ago? Strap in for this viral sensation.

Warning: the following video contains violent, explicit content (NSFW)



Directed by the group's frontman Ilya Naishuller, the "Bad Motherfucker" video is a revenge fantasy shot in first-person point of view, with a suited vigilante methodically massacring his kidnappers from the "Stampede" clip. Pool balls are used as weapons, a suitcase ends a man's life, and moving cars explode upon impact -- all while the group's slicing new single soundtracks the action.

Shooting for the video for "Bad Motherfucker," is the latest single from Biting Elbows' 2012 self-titled debut album, wrapped in October, as the group had promised fans even more action than their equally manic "Stampede" video. That clip, similarly shot in first-person, has earned 3.2 million YouTube views since September 2011.

Since the release of "Bad Motherfucker" on Tuesday, various celebrities have shouted out the video on Twitter. "This is some Buck Wild Shit!" Samuel L. Jackson wrote of the video on Friday, while Flying Lotus and director Darren Aronofsky have both linked to the official clip.

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