Paramore premiered their video for “Brick By Boring Brick” today, featuring shades of creepery that run the full childhood-nightmare gauntlet. But despite nods to Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, Labyrinth, and this one bad dream I keep having where the whole world is more or less on fire, this thing is definitely not for kids. Also, for the life of me, I can’t figure out what any of it means: Hayley Williams, all dolled up and looking adorable, is singing angstily while a man digs a grave and leaves fall from empty skies; meanwhile, a little girl who looks like the lost Fanning sister explores a magical castle full of butterflies and mushrooms and men of dubious intent. When the castle’s magic turns dark and evil (as castle magic so often does), the little girl runs back across the field towards Hayley — and falls smack into the open grave. At which point it somehow gets even creepier. I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say I doubt Hayley was much of a babysitter.
What do you think, Mixers? I’d psychoanalyze everything here, but I don’t get paid enough.
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