Alestorm have premiered a hysterical animation video for the 75 second track, “Shit Boat (No Fans).” The song is taken from the pirate metal giants’ new album, Curse of the Crystal Coconut, out now via Napalm Records.
The group commented:
“Oh wow, everyone knows that short songs are the best songs, so naturally we had to make a music video for the shortest song on our album. This animation was put together by the lovely people at RMIT University in Melbourne, and it features all the classic elements of an ALESTORM video: Magical Girl transformations, giant Hungarian men dropping turds on your garden, rubber ducks, and crudely drawn cartoon penises. Enjoy!”
Producer Aaron McLoughlin adds:
“Yeah, the pandemic has been tough on everyone, but it’s going to take a helluva lot more than that to stop RMIT Animation students from drawing pirates. The video took 17 weeks to complete and lecturer Simon Norton did an awesome job producing and directing it under quarantine. Each team member worked from home to create the most epic swashbuckling pirate adventure you’re likely to see this year!”
We recently caught up with Alestorm mastermind Christopher Bowes and asked him the meaning behind “Shit Boat,” he explained:
“Shit Boat (No Fans). I think that’s going to be the best song of all time. It was written as a last minute joke. It previously had different lyrics that were incredibly offensive to a particular person. We were very angry with somebody one day. So, I wrote this song about them and I sent it to the guys in the band and then we all laughed and thought it was amazing, but we realized, wait a second, we can’t release this song. It’s too fucking good, but the lyrics will send us to jail. It was very offensive. We’d probably get sued for libel or something. So, we changed the lyrics to make it about a pirate ship or something. And it just turned out to be the greatest song of all time. And it was almost a bonus track that was going to get forgotten about until we realized it was going to be the best thing. So, that was good. I’m glad that one happened. I don’t know where I’d be without that song.”
Watch the video below: