What if the walls of that seedy party motel could talk and answer whether the jail cell tall tale was actually true? That's the essential premise of "These Walls," in which we explore the night in question like it was a comedic Rashomon set in the world of the Ernie Barnes Sugar Shack painting. The truth never totally unravels — especially the KDot x Terry Crews dance interlude — but perhaps the promised sequel will hold the key to it all.
PS: This video is a tale told by adults for adults. Nudity and cursing are involved. Sorry.
5 Seconds Of Summer reinforce their stronghold on that sweetspot between pop/punk and boy band thanks to this cartoonish tale about rallying all the underdogs for a parade that would make Delta Tau Chi proud.
Isaac Rentz, director: "This is my 4th video for the band. They're always fun to work with because they have a great sense of humor but they also take the message behind their videos seriously. The band wanted to make something with a revolutionary theme that showed them sticking up for underdogs. I worked with my production designer to create a mad max-style vehicle that they would drive through the suburbs, made completely from scraps that you'd find in a neighborhood garage. It was an intense night shoot, with hundreds of extras on the Warner Brothers studio lot. I was nervous about it all coming together, but I remember the first moment we saw the band rounding the corner on that big smoking, blinking vehicle, we all knew we had found the right visual to match the song."'
This campy and retro musical tribute to pretty girls around the world (that would be all of them) is an out-of-this-world quest to bring these two blonde superstars together. Iggy plays an alien robot-type creature who is, naturally, new to the scene, while Britney is otherwise worshiped and glorified.
Chance The Rapper stars as a sad, sex-starved and paranoid young man who's hoping Mr. Happy can take his pain away, and also his life. Video director Colin Tilley makes his narrative debut with this twisted VICE short where death is more easily obtainable than happiness.
A look at life with/without a cherished sibling in this narrative that chucks away some of the pre-conceived notions of what an EDM video looks like — much like the song does as well. This could also be seen as Avicii's "thank you" to America for helping him cross over to the mainstream this year.