Last week, Halsey and YUNGBLUD began teasing a truly triple-threat collab with blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The track dropped shortly after, and the duo surprised fans with a pop-up shop and first live performance hours later.
As if all of that wasn’t exciting enough, next they began teasing us with a music video, and it’s finally here.
Melded with Barker’s incomparable drumming, Halsey and YUNGBLUD’s powerful pipes relay a love story ending in self-sabotage.
“The song tells the story of a perfect tragedy that reflects modern love within our society,” YUNGBLUD explains. “We are so distracted and focused on what’s next, we can fail to see what is actually in front of us. We don’t realize how much we need something until it’s taken away from us.”
That self-sabotage is quite present in the video, highlighting the couple journeying through the stages of grief in a Groundhog Day or Happy Death Day type of scenario. Barker also appears throughout the clip, which is directed by award-winning filmmaker Colin Tilley.
Check out the new video below.
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“Working with Halsey and Travis was a fucking dream—at the end of the day we’re all rock kids,” YUNGBLUD says. “We grew up with a mutual adoration for the genre so it completely makes sense that we would come together and try to modernize it.”
Halsey closes it all out with a piano-driven solo, and we’d be lying if we said it didn’t give us goosebumps.
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Barker has plenty in the works, from his Musink Festival in March to upcoming and already released collabs with FEVER 333, Vic Mensa and Korn. Plus, there’s potential for blink’s next album to go in a “completely weird” direction. The band is also slated to headline Back To The Beach in April.
On top of releasing “Loner” earlier this year, YUNGBLUD is out on a massive tour with Australia, U.K. and U.S. dates. A full list of shows and tickets are available here.
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