Foster the People have released the official music video for current single “Worst Nites.” The video, co-directed by Mark Foster and Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), stars infamous real-life clown Richie the Barber in a wild chase that leads him from one of the worst nights to one of his best times on stage.
On the making of the video, Mark Foster notes, “This music video’s inception came from a short film Josh Hutcherson and I wrote about a year ago. I’ve been obsessively keeping tabs on Richie the Barber for the last 6 years or so, so the idea hinged on him being the lead. I called Josh about a week before we shot the film and asked if he’d be open to adapting this for our next music video as opposed to a short. Within 6 days we put together a team, scouted locations, casted, and finished shooting. It was music video boot camp for me.”
Mark continues, “I’ve been obsessed with film my whole life but haven’t been ready to step into a director’s role until this year. Josh has grown up working on films and is a super talented director in his own right, so it was a perfect way to get my feet wet. Richie and the cast all worked super hard learning the choreography in a day. The video wouldn’t have worked without their passion. We are living in a world where we’re engulfed in pressure to conform. Pressure to not stand out. To fall in line and blindly follow mass opinion. To abandon our identities. From politics, to our perception of beauty; people want to fit in. This story is a metaphor for not being afraid to embrace who you really are. There’s an immense freedom that comes with taking ownership over what makes you unique. Thank you for watching. And sorry if you hate clowns. We love them.”
“Worst Nites” is available everywhere now via Columbia Records.