Cult survivor, avant garde director and filmmaker, leader of femme-lead horror film collective Fatale Collective, host of the Trust Me podcast, co-writer behind the scenes of Britney Spears’ hit “Ooh La La,” former child ventriloquist, vamp-chic femme fatale: what isn’t Lola Blanc? A wildly creative multi-talented artist, Lola Blanc is a shape-shifter of sorts, and now, after the success of her past single “Angry Too” (harnessing over 24 million streams on Spotify and millions more on YouTube), she is coming forward with an equally jaw-dropping spooky single just in time for the colder months: “Here Come the Wolves”. Accompanied by a haunting new music video directed by Lola Blanc herself, “Here Comes the Wolves” is a song about justice and how we define it. Topical, important, angry, and empowering, this vampire-chic feminist anthem will stop you in your tracks. EARMILK called it “Angry and punchy yet empowering… a feminist anthem [that] encompasses everything that Blanc’s dramatic artistry stands for.” (Read the full feature here).
On the song, Blanc shares: “Over the past couple of years, I’ve become very interested in the idea of justice and how we define it. I was finding myself fantasizing about taking down people who’d harmed me, even though I don’t believe in punitive justice in theory. I realized that I believed in people’s potential to reform when they’ve committed crimes that are much worse than some of the things I’ve experienced, but I still had this desire to get revenge in my own life. It got to a point where I couldn’t ignore that incompatibility anymore, and I began to grapple with this idea of punishment. Anger is necessary, but at what point does it stop being healthy? Would revenge undo my trauma? Or would it perpetuate more harm? If someone has committed harm, why did they do it? Did someone harm them? Did society teach them to harm? The more deeply I look into the origins of people’s behavior, the more I tend to find the answer is yes to both of those questions. But even knowing that intellectually, those instincts don’t necessarily go away. That’s what this song is about.
Going into the writing session for this song, I’d made a note on my phone to write a song about wolves, and the day of the session the producer, Bleu, texted me saying he’d had a song idea in a dream – and it was about wolves. I got chills! He ended up using the riff he remembered in his dream for the actual track.”
On the wildly creative new music video, she shares: “My concept for the video was initially inspired by this 1988 Polish film A Short Film About Killing, but the level of realism in those murders is hard to stomach, so I wanted to take that basic idea and put it into an otherworldly context. I got this flash of an image in my head of a surreal, heavily designed, metaphorical sci-fi world, along the lines of Holy Mountain or The Cell, and got together a team of absolute miracle workers to help bring that vision to life.
I feel really lucky to have gotten to work with such talented people on the most ambitious project I’ve ever directed – I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the incredibly hard work of my cinematographer Sonja Tsypin, my production designer Eric William Palmer, my costume designer Phoenix Mellow, and everyone else involved. I actually nearly passed out on the day of the shoot because I was so stressed and dehydrated after an incredibly difficult month of prep. We were running way behind schedule and I was doing fight choreography for the first time in my life, all while tied up in ropes and directing myself without seeing playback and not drinking enough water, on a budget that was much too low for how big the project was, and there was a moment during the shoot when my brain just short-circuited. But I took a break and we finished the day! And you know what? Worth it.”