There are a lot of music videos nominated every year at the MMVAs, so to help you familiarize yourself with some of this year’s nominees, we’ve written some important study notes! Here is what you need to know about this year’s nominees for Rock/Alternative Video of the Year.
Billy Talent – Surprise Surprise
About the song/video: Surprise Surprise is the second single off of Billy Talent’s latest album, Dead Silence and features, as the band says, ‘fighter planes, flying sharks, hipsters and a pig man.’ It may look serious at first glance, but there are plenty of humourous details throughout.
Fun fact: If you keep your eyes peeled, you’ll see a cameo by Alexisonfire’s George Petit!
Matt Mays – Take It On Faith
About the song/video: As a press release describes it, Matt Mays’ Take It On Faith is a “a free-wheelin’ good time complete with copious amounts of excess, until the coyote’s turn up.” Oh, those coyotes.
Fun fact: This video was directed by Michaels Maxxis in the Californian desert.
Metric – Youth Without Youth
About the song/video: Combining a number of random images in slow-motion with shots of the glammed-up band, Metric’s Youth Without Youth is the band’s first video from their fifth studio album, Synthetica.
Fun fact: The video’s director, Justin Broadbent has said that the video “blends the old with the new through imagery of themes present throughout Synthetica while simultaneously and subtly referencing moments throughout Metric’s career.” Can you pinpoint these career moments in the video?
Serena Ryder – Stompa
About the song/video: Serena’s first single and video for his new album, Harmony, Stompa is a stompin’ track and the video cuts between shots of the singer performing and a younger version of her shooting arrows at different symbols.
Fun fact: In a behind-the-scenes clip, Ryder explained the concept behind the album as an idea similar to the idea behind her album – “if you separate yourself into one element, you will not succeed, you will only succeed if you bring in all of the elements together.”
The Sheepdogs – Feeling Good
About the song/video: The Sheepdogs may look like tough guys, but their video for Feeling Good shows the band members as dolls. Or action figures. Whichever one floats your boat.
Fun fact: Another well known video that was shot using dolls is…N*SYNC’s It’s Gonna Be Me.