The track is a collaboration with Absofacto

By Nolan Feeney
March 09, 2017 at 10:00 AM EST

In the new video from DJ-producer duo The Knocks, a man struggling with mental health issues gets a little help from a guardian angel. Oh, and that guardian angel happens to be a small, imaginary blue alien who can cut a rug on the dance floor.

The idea for the off-the-wall “Trouble” video, which premieres today on EW, took root while the band was first making the track with songwriter Absofacto for their recent Testify EP. “I kept envisioning a concept for a video that involved an alien singing the lyrics to someone in order to help them or give them advice,” The Knocks’ B-Roc tells EW. (A “Trouble” remix package arrives this Friday via Big Beat/Neon Gold.) “We had been trying to do a video with [director] Kevin [Eis] for a while and knew he’d be perfect for this rough concept, so after spitballing ideas back and forth for a while, we landed on this narrative and couldn’t be happier with the result.” Absofacto agrees: “The video playfully captures the feeling of the song: coming out of a dark place, but trying to dance your way back into the light.”

Eis drew on his own experience with agoraphobia while conceiving the video’s main character, played by comedian Dave Child, who struggles to leave his apartment. (The alien is played by Kyle Pacek.) “We actually shot the entire thing in my apartment where I also wrote and produced the video,” Eis says over email, “which is rather fitting because I never had to leave.”

He hopes the video will provide a new entry point to talking about mental health. “It’s silly to wait for a schmucky white kid to shoot up a school in order to have a conversation [about it],” he writes. “Especially now, when everyone in the country feels like they’re losing their mind, it seemed appropriate … There’s a stigma surrounding mental health. People are afraid to talk about it, admit they have a problem, admit they’re seeking help, etc. Anxiety and depression aren’t first world issues! It’s okay to feel weird and seek help! Too many people don’t, and that’s a major problem generating more problems.”

The Knocks’ “Trouble” remix package is out March 10. Catch the Knocks on their “Feel Good Feel Great” tour with Bipolar Sunshine and Gilligan Moss this month:

3/2 Washington, DC– 9:30 Club
3/4 Philadelphia, PA– The Foundry @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
3/10 Urbana, IL– Canopy Club
3/11 Chicago, IL– Concord Music Hall
3/14 Lansing, MI– The Loft
3/16 Detroit, MI – Shelter
3/17 Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
3/18 Montreal, QC – Belmont
3/21 Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
3/22 Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
3/23 Boston, MA – Royale Boston
3/24 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
3/24 New York, NY– Terminal 5

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