More than halfway through 2013, hundreds and hundreds of artists have released their singles thus far within the year, which in turn means their videos (or lack of?) have followed. It's easy to get stuck watching videos where the artists are programed to "move your arms and hands out like your giving an elephant a hug during the choruses and in the verses keep it conservative, sing with your eyes" shpeal. But seriously, where is the message in that? Where is the story of your lyrics being told? Cool you still have fancy cars, glad we get to see em, but honestly. Where is the creativity, where are the risks?
Nonetheless- even though the age of music videos has been over for some time now artists still must bring something visual to the table and with that, I am here to show you ONLY four videos that I am sure you might have missed out on within the year 2013 thus far. These videos will not only strike you lyrically from song content, but visually they will speak louder than any Lambo you'll see in a video.
The visuals, the lyrics, the music, everything is a perfect image of one man's vision and it's damn entertaining. He has something to say in this song and it's a damn freak show to watch. Rock and roll.
'God Is Dead?'
Let me start by talking about the album… WOW. Toni Ioomi, Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne on the same album again? What the heck. Oh wait, who's on drums to complete the lineup? How about Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine. This whole album is amazing. Mind blowing. Jaw shattering. The grooves, the lyrics, everything is superb and this music video does their single so much justice! Dark, depressing, justice at that. It keeps true to their roots with a really sweet industrial art inspiration behind it all. Keeps it dark, keeps it Black Sabbath.
Dillinger Escape Plan
'One Of Us Is The Killer'
This is already a very lyrically driven song, with a music video that seems like a vivid nightmare we all had after dissecting frogs in biology class; it took me a few play throughs for it all to soak in, but I think that is half of the (gory) glory with it. Makes you want to watch it again and again because you will miss little things that set such an interesting tone of the video as a whole. This video is nothing short of entertaining, very abstract, very gruesome, very cut throat (Hehe) and goes so well with such emotionally driven lyrics coming from a very in your face, smash it up, takin' names and chewing bubble gum, kind of band. Don't know what I'm talking about? Watch the Video.
Queens of the Stone Age
Last and my personal favorite for so many reasons, is this video which is part of a "short film" from multiple songs off of their same album, all connected, all telling a very real, very depressing story (or that's how I interrupted it). For one, the art within the video(s) are all done by a personal favorite of mine, Boneface. Whom is an English artist. The animation of the videos and how well they fit over the songs makes your eyes water happy tears. The detail is so unreal. I have watched these videos probably 50 or so times, even muted it a dozen or so times that way I can really focus on the art. I HIGHLY recommend you to watch the "short film" on Likeclockwork.tv it's very powerful to watch. It's very easy to relate with; all of your senses will be please. Yes all of them. Not only is this the best QOTSA album in my opinion but the videos themselves are the best music videos I've seen in a long time.
Frank Iero fans, we asked you to submit your questions for the former My Chemical Romance guitarist, and you did not disappoint, leaving us hundreds of inquiries for the musician. Before heading on tour with Taking Back Sunday and the Used, Frank popped into our HQ to sit down for a PV Fan Q&A.