If you’re one of the many thousands who paid an exorbitant amount of money to watch Shia LaBoeuf stare at digital robots for nearly three hours in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, then you’ve probably heard Paramore’s “Monster” played over the credits (that’s provided that your sensory apparatus wasn’t completely fried and your organ systems weren’t going into shutdown).
It’s a pretty swell tune, though it doesn’t have a whole lot to do with Optimus Prime’s giant Chicago-killing sword or that silly space bridge that Leonard Nimoy wants to build. (If you don’t understand any of that, it means you haven’t seen Dark of the Moon and remain tethered to this realm of reality.)
Now the band—currently a three-piece following the departure of brothers Josh and Zac Farro—have pulled back the curtain on their own cinematic accompaniment for “Monster” in the form of a good old-fashioned music video.
It features an abandoned hospital, some cool effects, and Hayley Williams’ extra-electric hair, and it’s yours for the viewing here:
Perhaps it’s just the setting and the reminder that people are absent, but doesn’t that clip look a little bit like Avenged Sevenfold’s “Nightmare” video (which itself was based on scenes from Jacob’s Ladder)? This clip is a lot less obsessed with horror, though those shots of the three band members lying in a pool of water are pretty eerie and cool.
When “Monster” first premiered, there was a lot of speculation about whether or not the track was about the departed band members (especially considering it was the first track the group put out after their exit), but neither the lyrics nor the images in the video suggest that it’s a kiss-off to either Farro brother. Regardless, it’s another entry in the stealthily excellent catalog of Paramore videos (which includes eye-poppers like “The Only Exception” and “Playing God”). Is there any other band working who does more with less with their clips than Paramore?
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